Uninsured driver crashed into vehicles trying to evade police

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An uninsured driver who crashed into two vehicles as he tried to evade pursuing police officers has been sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Safdar Ali, 29, was at the wheel of a friend’s high-powered Mercedes car when officers began following the vehicle late at night in January.

Bradford Crown Court heard how there had been heavy snowfall in the Halifax area at the time of the incident and when Ali turned onto Hill Top he lost control and crashed into two vehicles before running off.

Judge Peter Benson, who presided over Ali’s trial earlier this month, noted that at one stage during the pursuit Ali had turned off his lights in order to shake of the police and he had also exceeded the speed limit in the residential area.

Ali, of Free School Lane, Halifax, had denied a charge of dangerous driving but was found guilty by a jury.

He also admitted related offences of driving without insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.

Sentencing Ali Judge Benson noted that the snowfall had led to pedestrians walking on the roads rather than the more treacherous pavements and he said it was fortunate that no one had been injured or killed by Ali’s driving.

The judge said he was just persuaded to impose a community order which includes a requirement to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community and a 15-day activity requirement.

Ali was also banned from driving for 15 months and ordered to take an extended re-test before lawfully driving on the roads again.