A 29-year-old man, without a driving licence or insurance, caught “showing off” to his passengers by driving at 100mph up and down a motorway while over the drug-driving limit has been given a suspended sentence at Worcester Crown Court.
Dawood Sadiq’s driving caused members of the public to report him to the police, along with unfounded reports that he had a gun in his car.
Originally scheduled to appear in court on 6 October, Sadiq was too drunk to appear and instead spent the weekend in police custody.
Michael Conry, prosecuting, described that Sadiq was seen driving southbound on the M5 between junctions 5 and 6 by a police officer in an unmarked car.
The officer saw him driving at speeds of up to 100mph, driving on the hard shoulder, and under-taking other cars. Rather than risk a dangerous high-speed pursuit, said Mr Conry, the officer decided to keep Sadiq under observation in his vehicle. He was seen a few minutes later driving northbound between junctions 7 and 8.
Sadiq then continued to drive dangerously and erratically, accelerating rapidly as he left the motorway at junction 6 and onto the A4538 towards Crowle. An officer from the Armed Response Unit arrested him two hours later after he was found parked on the hard shoulder between junctions 5 and 4a. No weapon was found in the car.
When questioned, Sadiq described his driving as “terrible”. He has never taken his driving test.
Nicolas Berry, defending Sadiq, said his client was becoming a father for the second time in the next month, describing him as being on the “knife edge” of going off the rails or taking the opportunity to sort himself out.
Addressing Sadiq, Judge Robert Juckes QC said he had been “showing off” to his passengers, and that while the driving had put lives at risk, no damage or injury had been caused.
“You really are at an age where you should have put adolescent behaviour behind you,” he said.
Judge Juckes went on to say that he would take a chance and suspend Sadiq’s sentence, warning that if he did not start acting more responsibly he would be looking at jail time.
He handed Sadiq a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered him to undertake 150 hours unpaid work as well as do 30 days rehabilitation to tackle his drink and drug use. Sadiq was also banned from driving for four years.
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