A man addicted to heroin and crack has narrowly avoided jail at Bradford Crown Court after an “appalling” piece of driving where he crashed into two parked cars.
Police saw Mulkit Singh, 46, driving a Vauxhall Astra in Bradford at around 4.30am on May 13. On realising he had been spotted, Singh said he “panicked.”
Camille Morland, prosecuting, said that Singh sped away after being instructed to stop by officers. He reached “dangerous” speeds during the eight-minute chase, as well as mounting kerbs, driving on the wrong side of the road, ignoring junctions and red lights.
He drove along a pavement and jumped from the still-moving car in a pedestrianised area. Having crashed into two stationary vehicles, Singh was then detained after a short chase on foot.
Singh pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with no insurance. Mark Brookes, acting on behalf of the defendant, said his client had been addicted to heroin and crack cocaine since 1989.
He said Singh had not long previously appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court charged with stealing from a supermarket and had been given a 16-week prison sentence suspended for a year, with a six-month drug-rehabilitation order.
Despite his “extensive” criminal record, Judge David Hatton QC said he was prepared to allow the Leeds Magistrates’ drug-rehabilitation requirement to take effect.
He told him: “The driving you undertook was an appalling piece of driving and it was, it goes without saying, dangerous.”
Singh was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, in addition to his suspended sentence for theft. He was also given a four-month curfew from 9pm to 6am and banned from driving for a year.
For his bail offence, he was sentenced to one day in prison, which was already served during his period in custody.
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