A drug driver led police on a dangerous high speed chase through the streets of East Lancashire, was banned from driving - and then did the same thing again three months later.

Khaider Hussain was followed by police in Nelson on March 7 2022 after they spotted him in a vehicle which they believed had been stolen the day before.

Burnley Crown Court heard officers saw the VW disability vehicle at the Texaco garage on Scotland Road and began to follow it, activating their blue lights in an attempt to stop it.

However the driver, Hussain, sped off without any lights on and proceeded to lead police on a high speed chase through Nelson and under the M65, driving up one way streets the wrong way, and failing to stop at junctions.

Police lost sight of the vehicle but another officer clocked it in Brierfield about 10 minutes later and followed it, where Hussain reached speeds of 80mph in 50mph zones, 50mph in 60mph zones and 60mph in 20mph zones.

Prosecuting, Jack McCabe told the court the car then crashed into a parked vehicle, with Hussain, the only occupant, getting out and running, before being caught by police when he tried to hide under another car.

He said: “The car was searched and officers found £225 in cash and 30 wraps of crack cocaine worth £450. He also provided positive samples for cocaine and cannabis.”

Hussain was charged and appeared in court where he was disqualified from driving and bailed with conditions.

However, four months later, on July 22 just after 12pm, police saw a VW Passat in Altham, which they believed had been involved in drug dealing.

The car was followed towards Padiham at normal speed, but the court heard it began to pick up pace and a pursuit ensued.

This time the driver went through a red light onto the Padiham bypass and reached 83mph in a 50mph zone, taking over cars, driving into oncoming traffic and forcing other cars to swerve.

Before long the vehicle lost control and span 180 degrees and ended up in a grass verge.

Two passengers exited the car and ran, but the driver was caught trying to get out of the window with officers recognising him as Hussain, the offender from the chase in March.

At this point, during the apprehension, Hussain lashed out at the police by lying on the ground and kicking his legs in a bicycle fashion, knocking the officer’s torch and body cam from his body and kicking him in the lip.

Hussain also tried to grab a baton from the officer before being tasered and arrested.

Mr McCabe continued: “During a search of the vehicle, police found £20 in cash, a Samsung and Nokia phone and 19 wraps of cocaine worth about £570.”

Defending Hussain, 21, Kristian Cavanagh said his client was remorseful and had struggled in prison while on remand due to having Crohn’s disease and not getting the immediate care he needed, and was keen to rebuild his life and go back to university.

Hussain, of Leeds Road, Nelson, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and assault on an emergency worker and was jailed for three years and two months.

He was also banned from driving for four years and seven months and must complete an extended retest if he wants his licence back.