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Sparks flew off car’s wheels as banned driver sped towards Bradford city centre at 93mph

A banned driver who sped towards Bradford city centre at 93mph with sparks flying off the wheels of his Citroen C4 has been jailed for 12 months on top of the three-year sentence he is currently serving for peddling Class A drugs.

Callum Ahmed was pursued by the police from Shipley to Manningham Lane, narrowly missing other vehicles, jumping red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The court heard that Ahmed accelerated down Baildon Road at 88mph.

Ahmed, 23, of Sandygate Terrace, Laisterdyke, Bradford, was on bail at the time awaiting sentence for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

Those offences took place in Lancashire.

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson told Bradford Crown Court that Ahmed was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Burnley Crown Court for the drugs offences on December 19.

He had served a ten-month jail term for dangerous driving in 2018 following an 80mph police chase around the Holme Wood area of Bradford.

Ahmed was now to be sentenced for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance, Mr Nicholson said.

The court heard that Ahmed sped off from the police in Commercial Road, Shipley, just before 1am on October 29 last year.

He was chased on to Otley Road where he clipped the kerb at 60mph.

Ahmed headed towards the city centre, building up speed to 93mph along Keighley Road.

Sparks were flying from all four wheels and a wheel and tyre were damaged when the Citroen struck the kerb.

When Ahmed stopped on Manningham Lane, he told arresting officers: “I’m sorry. It was stupid. I’m not even sure why I was driving.

“I just jumped into the driving seat.”

He said the car belonged to his male passenger.

Ahmed’s barrister, James Littlehales, said his client had been in Preston Prison since December 19 and was using his time in custody to pass exams and gain qualifications.

He had made full admissions to the police at the roadside and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Judge Jonathan Rose said the case was yet another example of the “woeful inadequacy” of the two-year maximum prison sentence for dangerous driving.

Ahmed had gone a long way at speeds of up to 93mph.

“It’s miraculous that no one was seriously injured or killed,” Judge Rose said.

But the maximum sentence must be reserved for the most serious cases of dangerous driving and Ahmed had not hurt anyone.

Judge Rose said he also had to bear in mind “the principle of totality” because Ahmed was already serving a lengthy jail sentence.

The 12-month term of imprisonment runs consecutively with the three years he is already serving behind bars.

Ahmed was banned from driving for four years – a period which will begin after he is released from prison