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Trail of destruction left by speeding East Lancs driver
12:32pm Friday 18th April 2014 in News
A SPEEDING driver who smashed into another vehicle, leaving it embedded into a wall, ran off and then lied to the police, has been jailed for six months.
Burnley Crown Court heard how law firm administrator, Aqib Ahmed, 21, was said to have been clocking up 70mph on 30mph Cliffe Lane in Great Harwood.
He overtook in a very dangerous manoeuvre, crashed into a parked car, spun and hit another vehicle, the court heard.
The vehicle ended up embedded into a garden wall, between the wall and a lamp post, and was extensively damaged.
Pamela Fawcett was at home in Cliffe Lane when she heard the crash and then saw her husband’s Peugeot 607 almost split in two.
Ahmed, who then left the crash scene, went back and made off again.
He claimed a friend had been at the wheel of the BMW 320 and had been test driving it as he wanted to buy it, but the defendant's DNA was on the airbag.
The couple whose car and wall he demolished had to pay out £6,000 for car hire, after the incident last August 9.
Ahmed, who now has three driving-related offences on his record, had been convicted of common assault after he got out and punched a driver he claimed had made an abusive gesture to him on a dual carriageway.
The defendant, of Heywood Street, Great Harwood, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident. He was banned for four years and must take an extended retest.
Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said witness Alan Boyer was driving past the Dog and Otter pub when he became aware of a vehicle travelling at speed behind him. He estimated it was going at about 70mph.
The barrister said: "As the vehicle overtook, he felt as if his car was stationary. He knew he was driving at 30mph. He was scared and it came as no surprise to him when the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle."
Mr Boyer saw both the driver and passenger get out. He followed them for a short time, the driver then went back, reached into the BMW and made off again.
James Keeley, defending Ahmed, said: “He's extremely remorseful for driving in such a manner and is thankful that nothing worse happened. He's never been to prison and that's a matter which terrifies him."
Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell told Ahmed: “It's a surprise, in a way, that you behave in such an irresponsible way behind the wheel of a car."
After the hearing, former prison worker Mrs Fawcett, 57, said: “I am happy he is now off the roads because he really is a danger.”
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