Jail for driver who wedged his car on the pavement

Car crashed on Emscote Street South, Bell Hall
Car crashed on Emscote Street South, Bell Hall

A FLEEING driver who sensationally wedged his car between a tree and a wall has been jailed.

Waseem Adalat, 25, denied dangerous driving but was found guilty last year.

A court heard that Adalat, of Mayfield Road, King Cross, Halifax, was spotted driving a black Vauxhall Vectra by traffic police in an unmarked car in September 2008.

PC Robert Tomkins knew Adalat had been disqualified from driving in January 2008.

He gave chase along Savile Park Road. Adalat turned in to Emscote Street South where his path was blocked by a minibus unloading passengers.

Adalat swerved on to the pavement in an attempt to avoid the blockage but jammed the car between the tree and a wall.

A passenger jumped out of the car and ran off and officers saw Adalat climb into the passenger seat.

Giles Bridge, defending, said Adalat stil denied he was driving the car and said the driver was a man he’d recently met called Addy.

Bradford Crown Court was told Adalat had three previous convictions for driving while disqualified.

Adalat also faced charges of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and possession of class B, which he admitted.

He was arrested as part of Operation Irondale – the an undercover police operation targetting drug dealers in Calderdale.

The court heard that on February 12 last year, undercover officers met Adalat driving a car containing Bilal Mushtaq, who was recently sentenced for dealing.

Adalat’s role was described as subordinate as he was only present for one deal with the undercover officers when a £10 wrap of heroin changed hands.

Judge John Potter said: “Your driving was extremely dangerous and it was a stupid thing to have done.

“You put yourself in danger and the people getting out fo the minibus.

“At trial you said you were not the driver but a jury found that to be a pack of lies.”

He sentenced Adalat to six months in prison and disqualified him from driving for two years.

Turning to the drugs charges, Judge Potter said Adalat played a subordinate role in the supply of a very small qunatity of heroin.

“People who commit offences like that must go to custody. People who supply class A drugs on the streets cause significant harm to our communities.

“In your case matters are made worse byt the fact you were on bail for the driving offences.”

He handed Adalat a futher six months in prison, meaning he will serve a total jail term of 12 months.