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'You drove like a lunatic,' judge tells unlicensed Bradford driver who led police on high speed chase

'You drove like a lunatic,' judge tells unlicensed Bradford driver who led police on high speed chase
'You drove like a lunatic,' judge tells unlicensed Bradford driver who led police on high speed chase

'You drove like a lunatic,' judge tells unlicensed Bradford driver who led police on high speed chase

A MAN who crashed a car containing numerous containers of petrol during a high speed police chase across Bradford was “driving like a lunatic,” the sentencing judge said.
Hassan Iqbal, 20, sped off in a Volkswagen Golf fitted with false registration plates after the police became suspicious of him on the afternoon of February 28.
He was pursued in a “blue light chase” along roads including Little Horton Lane, Laisteridge Lane, All Saints Road and Great Horton Road at 3.45pm, before smashing into a police vehicle and hitting a lamppost.
Iqbal, of Arncliffe Terrace, Lidget Green, Bradford, fled on foot and put up “a fierce struggle” while being apprehended, prosecutor Jon Gregg told Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

There was a strong smell of petrol from the Golf and it was found to be carrying “numerous containers of petrol”.

Iqbal pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and to driving without insurance and a licence.
Mr Gregg told the court that many people were put in danger during the high speed pursuit, in 30mph limits past St Luke’s Hospital.
Iqbal caused many vehicles to swerve to avoid him as he jumped red lights, overtook slow moving lines of traffic, mounted the kerb and ignored Give Way signs.
“To put it colloquially, he put his foot down,” Mr Gregg said.


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