A DRIVER who led police on a dangerous chase before he crashed his own car has avoided prison.
Amjad Ellahi, 37, was handed a suspended prison sentence at Leeds Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.
The chase only ended when Ellahi crashed his Toyota Avensis into a wall on Church Lane in Mirfield.
He suffered severe injuries to his arms and legs in the crash, which resulted in him staying in hospital for a month.
The court heard that police officers first spotted Ellahi at 1.15am on March 14 on Beck Lane, Heckmondwike, and decided to stop him.
When the officers put on their blue lights and asked him to pull over, he sped off.
He was then spotted in a supermarket car park where officers once again attempted to catch him but he drove off at speed.
Police then received a call a short time later when a member of the public saw Ellahi “tearing” along Sunnybank Road in Mirfield at an estimated 60mph in a 30mph zone.
The court heard that a second report was then phoned in reporting a car crashed into a wall.
Ellahi claimed that he had not been driving the car, despite being outside the vehicle when police attended.
Rukhshanda Hussain, representing Ellahi, told the court that he could not remember getting in the car on the night of the incident.
He still has to use crutches six months on from the crash due to the severity of the injuries he sustained.
“It is lucky for him that no member of the public or other road user was injured,” she said.
Ellahi, of Parker Road, Thornhill Lees, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months with 20 rehabilitation activity days, a six-month alcohol treatment course, 12 weeks’ curfew from 8pm to 7am and he was banned from driving for three years.