Driver who sped off through group of police escapes jail

By Chris Willmott 20/02 Updated: 23/02 15:25

A SOLIHULL man sped off through a group of police officers wearing high-visibility jackets after he was pulled over for a routine drink-driving check.

And when Shoayb Khan was eventually stopped it was found the reason he had panicked was because he had 35 wraps of heroin and eight of crack cocaine on him.

But despite the large number of deals, the police accepted the drugs were all for his own use.

Khan (24) of Rowthorn Drive, Shirley, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of dangerous driving and possessing quantities of heroin and crack cocaine.

He was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision, banned from driving for 12 months and was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay £600 costs.

Prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe said that during the early evening on June 15 last year the police were involved in a drink-drive stop campaign in Monkspath Hall Road.

Khan, who was driving a silver VW Golf was among those who were pulled over and directed to go to the checking area on Monkspath Hall car park.

But as Khan turned a corner towards the area where about ten officers in high-visibility jackets were waiting to carry out the checks, Sgt Phil Comerford noticed him fiddling with something on his lap.

When the car stopped, Sgt Comerford walked over to it and leant in to see what Khan had been trying to hide.

“At this point panic takes over and the defendant drives off with the officer still partially in through the window,” said Mr Amarasinghe.

Khan drover through the group of officers, forcing them to scatter, and they then ran towards the car and tried to smash the windscreen as he did a u-turn on the car park to head towards the exit.

But he managed to get away after shunting into the rear of a Mazda car ahead of him, and a motorcycle officer gave chase as he sped off at 55mph in a 30mph area in ‘a determined effort to evade capture.’

He finally came to a stop in Blossomfield Road, and when he was searched Khan was found to have 35 wraps of heroin and eight of crack cocaine.

When he was questioned Khan, who told the police he had owned the car for a month, said he was addicted to heroin and that the drugs were all for his own use.

Ayoub Khan, defending, said that since the incident Khan had been trying to put his life in order and had got a job with a personal injury claims firm.

And after adjourning for Khan to produce proof of the job, Recorder Christopher Hotten QC said he would follow a recommendation in a pre-sentence report to suspend the sentence.

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