Taxi driver banned from roads after car chase

A TAXI driver lost his job and has been banned from driving after leading police on a car chase through Heckmondwike.

Nasser Iqbal said he didn’t stop because he had taken cocaine at a party the night before.

Police noticed the 35-year-old when he drove his VW Golf on Redfearn Avenue before turning into Wood Avenue, then Hadfield Road. He was driving at more than 50mph in a 30mph zone and didn’t slow down when he went through a give way sign. Iqbal eventually stopped on Leeside Road after hitting a curb.

Prosecutor Andy Wills told Kirklees magistrates that Iqbal apologised to officers, saying: “I drove away. I thought I could get away and I put my hands up – I’m sorry.”

Iqbal, of Pilgrim Crescent in Dewsbury Moor, admitted to taking a Class A drug,  but when tested he wasn’t actually under the influence.

Defending Iqbal, Paul Blanchard said: “Police didn’t have to take significant action to bring him to a stop. It seems to have been a relatively short pursuit and no vehicles had to take evasive action.”

Iqbal was banned for 14 months, must do 220 hours of unpaid work and complete a community order, including 10 days of rehabilitation activities. He must pay £85 in court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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