A driver led police on a chase while five times over the legal limit for cannabis, a court heard.

Panicked Intazar Hussain abandoned his vehicle but left the keys in the ignition.

The car then rolled backwards into the police vehicle pursuing the 35-year-old, causing some damage.

Hussain pleaded guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention, possessing cannabis and driving with a proportion of a controlled drug above the specified limit.

New laws introduced in March last year set a specific limit for 17 illegal and prescription drugs in the bloodstreams of drivers.

The offences occurred on February 7 when police saw Hussain’s Audi travelling at excessive speed along Blackmoorfoot Road in Crosland Moor.

The officers decided to follow the car and put on their blue lights.

Prosector Bill Astin told Kirklees magistrates: “The vehicle continued travelling at excessive speed onto Kingsley Avenue where the driver jumped out of the car.

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“He ran away leaving the keys in ignition and the car rolled back into the police car, causing some minor damage.”

Hussain, of Park Avenue in Springwood, was caught following a short foot pursuit and arrested.

He told police there was some cannabis in his car and appeared to be under the influence of the drug.

Further tests found that he had 9.8 microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood.

The legal limit is two microgrammes so Hussain was almost five times over the limit.

He said that he panicked when he saw the police car and admitted driving through a red light.

Hussain claimed to police that he had smoked cannabis a few days earlier.

He put his high reading down to passive smoking as others had been smoking the drug in his car.

Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said that his client had misued cannabis since the age of 15.

He added that the married father-of-three ran a family business and was the only driver in the family.

District Judge Michael Fanning ordered a probation report before sentencing Hussain.

He banned him from driving in the interim.