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Hundred mile-an-hour police chase driver jailed

Rugby Editorial 5th Nov, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

AN UNINSURED driver from Rugby led the police on a horrific chase on his way home from work, during which he reached speeds as high as 120mph and went through the middle of a village at up to 80.

Mohammed Shabbir covered 16 miles in just 11 minutes before having to come to a halt when a second police vehicle blocked his way, a judge has heard.

And at Warwick Crown Court he pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving in his high-powered Nissan and having no insurance.

Shabbir, of Claremont Road, was jailed for six months, banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to take an extended test before he can get his licence back.

Prosecutor John Brotherton said police officers on patrol at around 11.20pm on August 20 saw the Nissan in Projects Drive, Rugby, and began to follow it when a check showed it had no insurance.

But 22 year-old Shabbir put his foot down and sped off along Boughton Road and into Mill Road before driving along narrow Murray Road and other residential streets at high speed.

During the pursuit which followed, which was captured by the police car’s on-board camera, he went through red lights, took blind bends on the wrong side of the road, and swerved past other cars ahead of him.

The Nissan went over speed bumps in residential areas at high speed, and then headed along Hillmorton Road, doing up to 70mph in the 30 zone.

In residential Fisher Avenue he was clocked doing 80mph, and after turning into Ashlawn Road, which has a 40 limit, he reached a terrifying 120mph as he went past the crossroads with Onley Lane.

Shabbir then overtook on a blind bend as he headed towards Dunchurch where he raced through the village at up to 80mph before joining the A45 and heading towards Daventry at around 110 – more than double the 50mph speed limit.

He turned off and headed into Braunston where he drove round the village at high speed before re-joining the A45 and heading back towards Rugby.

The Nissan, which throughout the chase had slowed down and then tried to use its acceleration to shake of the police car, was finally brought to a stop when another police car blocked its way in Ashlawn Road.

When interviewed Shabbir refused to comment.

David Everett, defending, said Shabbir, who lived with his parents and younger brother, came from a respectable family who were ashamed of his actions.

Mr Everett added Shabbir had obtained the powerful Nissan by swapping it for his BMW two or three days earlier, but had not got round to transferring the insurance, and panicked when he saw police.

Jailing Shabbir, Recorder Mark Hill QC told him having viewed CCTV footage it was one of the worst examples of dangerous driving he had seen.

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