A driver has been jailed following a police pursuit which saw him abandoning his vehicle while it was still moving with passengers inside.
Mohammad Jahngir reached speeds of more than 90mph during the 20 minute chase which saw him crash his hired Mercedes into a road sign.
A district judge sitting in Huddersfield sentenced him to 26 weeks in custody, labelling the offence a “crass piece of dangerous driving”.
The court heard that Jahngir had drunk one vodka but panicked when he saw police.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that at just before 3am on July 13 police spotted Jahngir on Wakefield Road in Moldgreen.
Jahngir, 23, sped away from them and a pursuit followed when he ignored the officers’ requests to stop.
He raced through residential streets, hitting speeds of 64mph in areas with 30mph limits.
As the speed restriction increased to 40mph, Jahngir was clocked doing speeds of up to 93mph.
He then ran red lights and careered onto the wrong side of the road, all while he had two passengers in the car.
Jahngir, of Myrtle Road in Dewsbury, then failed to negotiate a junction off Fixby roundabout and collided with a large road sign in the central reservation.
Despite the smash he continued on to the Bradford Road dual carriageway towards Brighouse, where he finally fled from the car.
He abandoned the vehicle before it had come to a stop and with his passengers still inside.
Police chased the father-of-two and he was located by search dogs and arrested.
Jahngir, who works in the motor trade conducting MOT tests, admitted dangerous driving.
The court heard that Jahngir had fallen out with his partner that night and rented the car as possibly somewhere to sleep.
He then met up with friends and drank a vodka and Red Bull before driving to Huddersfield to drop them off.
Zahid Majeed, mitigating, said: “When he saw police he panicked, he’d had a drink and wasn’t sure whether it would take him over the limit.
“He’s extremely remorseful and made a mistake in not stopping when the officers signalled him to do so - there were wide-reaching possible consequences.”
District Judge Michael Fanning told Jahngir: “It was a prolonged incident during which you tried to shake off a police pursuit.
“You reached 60mph on residential roads and 90mph on 40mph roads when the roads were wet.
“You went through red lights not pausing to think about people crossing on the junction.
“Having collided with the central reservation you then jumped out, leaving two passengers to fend for themselves.
“You left on foot and police still had to chase you - (this is) such a crass piece of dangerous driving.”
As well as jailing him, judge Fanning also banned him from the road for two years.
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