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Smirking driver celebrates avoiding jail after 60mph police chase crash

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Mustafa Iqbal, 22, also veered on to the opposite side of the carriageway, sped past several red lights and drove through a number of red lights during the pursuit, reports Manchester Evening News.

The chase only ended when Iqbal’s  blue Peugeot became wedged between an oncoming vehicle and parked cars on a residential street.

But the dangerous driver was spared jail today – with his eight-month term suspended for 15 months.

Photos taken outside Manchester Crown Court show the brazen motorist laughing and smiling.

The court heard he had been spotted driving erratically in the city centre on January 18, 2020, and, when police decided to follow him, they found the driver suddenly increase his speed.

Paul Dockery, prosecuting, said: “As the vehicle began driving at more than the speed limit the officer activated his emergency equipment.

“It had no impact on the vehicle slowing down. It drove through a residential area of 40mph and the officer was concerned there might be a collision.

“At times it was travelling on the opposite carriageway and as it turned on to Stockport Road it went in excess of 50mph.”

The court heard that Iqbal drove through a red light, before reaching speeds in excess of 60mph as he drove through residential streets in Trafford, Greater Manchester, with a speed limit of 30mph.

“The officer said it had started to impact other road users who were using evasive action to avoid a collision,” Mr Dockery added.

“The vehicle turned on to St John’s Road which is a narrow residential street. It was in that street that the defendant was faced with an oncoming vehicle.”

Instead of stopping, the court heard how Iqbal attempted to squeeze past the oncoming car which resulted in him colliding with that vehicle and a parked car.

Following the chase, which lasted around four minutes, Iqbal was detained.

His defence barrister, Gemma Maxwell, told the court her client had been homeless at the time, but had since ‘transformed’ his life.

“He now has caring responsibilities for his brother and is in receipt of a carers allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions.

“At the time of these offences the defendant was homeless and was living in his car. I am pleased to report that things have changed since then.

“He has secured a job with his father and having achieved very good GCSE’s he now intends to return to education.

“He is bright and motivated and transformed from the person he was when he committed these offences.”

Iqbal, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, pleading guilty to an offence of dangerous driving.

In addition to the suspended sentence, the defendant was also ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation requirement days, undergo 120 hours of unpaid work, and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Leeming said: “Having seen the footage, this was a prolonged and persistent case of bad driving which lasted over four minutes.

“It involved driving at speeds of sometimes more than 60mph in an area where the speed limit was 30mph.

“As you will understand a police pursuit is an aggravating factor as police cannot drive with the same want and disregard that you did.

“You put yourself, the police officer and the public at risk. Nobody was injured but that was through good fortune rather than good management.”



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