Jail term for dangerous driving through Halifax streets

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Police abandoned a car chase through Halifax streets because of concerns over the safety of other road users, Bradford Crown Court was told.

Nayyer Hafiz, 34, of Mayfield Terrace, Halifax, sped away from police who believed he might have been involved in a drug transaction.

He admitted a charge of dangerous driving and was jailed for eight months and banned from drivng for two years.

The court was told Hafiz was parked in a blue Vauxhall Vectra near the junction of Clare Road and Hunger Hill at around 3 pm on October 8.

Three other occupants were also in the car.

Shamaila Qureshi, prosecuting, said police officers recognised Hafiz in the car and approched him and he sped off at speed down Hunger Hill and straight over a mini-roundabout on the wrong side of the road.

Along Water Lane he caused oncoming traffic to suddenly brake and he failed to give way at a roundabout as he pulled away from police and onto Swan Bank Lane.

She said police were travelling between 50-60 mph trying to keep up.

“Police abandoned the pursuit because they believed it too dangerous,” said Miss Qureshi.

Hafiz was arrested on October 29.

Caroline Wigin, mitigating, said it was a short chase over a matter of minutes and Hafiz had a licence and insurance.

Judge John Potter jailing Hafiz said it was a serious matter as Hafiz reached speeds of up to 60 mph when the limit was 30 and danger was caused to oncoming traffic

He said Hafiz had previously been jailed for perverting the cause of justice.

“Police officers suspected a drugs transaction was taking place,” he said.

“You were again seeking to avoid criminal process.”