Ban for danger driver in 80mph police chase

A MOTORIST who led police on an 80mph car chase around Halifax has been banned from driving for a year.

Ali Siddique sped through a red light and drove on the wrong side of the road during the 6.5-mile pursuit, which lasted nearly 10 minutes, a court heard.

Officers began following his Mitsubishi Shogun when he pulled out on to Burnley Road in front of them at 3.20am on January 21.

There had been an earlier sighting of the 4x4 in suspicious circumstances, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Officers switched on the patrol car’s blue lights three minutes into the pursuit, but Siddique refused to pull over and sped off.

Prosecutor Philip Adams said: “The route was through both rural and residential areas and he drove, on occasion, at speeds of up to 70mph in a 30mph limit.

“On Gibbet Street, he travelled through some traffic lights which were at red at a speed of 40mph, and on a number of occasions passed through give way junctions without slowing down.

“He slid out of control on one occasion whilst executing a sharp left turn into Parkinson Lane, then passed the wrong side of a traffic island. He also mounted the pavement during a left turn manoeuvre.”

CCTV footage of the chase also showed a pedestrian in Park Road had to jump out of the way as Siddique approached. It also revealed the patrol car was being driven at up to 80mph to catch up with him.

When police eventually caught him up at a junction, Siddique reversed his car into their BMW X5, before speeding off again.

Officers were forced to drive into the side of the Mitsubishi to stop him, suffering minor injuries in the process.

But Siddique drove on - into a dead end in Beckenham Place, where he ditched the car and tried to escape before being arrested at 3.30am.

When he was interviewed about the incident, he said he had panicked due to the side-effects of antidepressants.

He admitted it had been “disgraceful” and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Clare Larton, for Siddique, said he was of previous good character and had held a clean licence since he began driving over 12 years ago.

“This has given him a wake-up call. He was very shaken up and has come off his medication and sought counselling as an alternative.”

The judge, Recorder Sandra Keen, sentenced him to a 12-month community order and told him to complete 150 hours unpaid work. He must also take an extended driving test when his 12-month ban expires, and pay £500 towards costs, plus £50 compensation to the two police officers.