A MOTORIST who sparked a high-speed police chase has been spared custody.
Omar Ali, aged 20, of Selwyn Street, Rotherham, was sentenced to 32 weeks’ detention in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for a year, after he drove off from police when he was stopped in a car he did not own.
Sheffield Crown Court heard officers stopped the car to carry out a ‘routine check’, but Ali drove off after providing false details.
He led officers on a two-mile chase through the town, before he was stopped by police vehicles parked across a road in Catcliffe.
Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said the car ‘accelerated’ to try to get away from police and Ali reached speeds of more than 80mph during the pursuit, but, because the incident happened in the early hours, ‘traffic was light’.
The court heard Ali already has a list of driving convictions, including three offences of driving while disqualified and without insurance
Lucy Brown, for Ali, said he was guilty of ‘impulsive behaviour’. She said Ali, who admitted dangerous driving, had driven off in an attempt to ‘evade detection’ knowing he should not have been driving the car he was in.
Although he was never charged with stealing the vehicle, Mrs Brown said: “He knew full well he should not have been in the vehicle.”
She said he had an ‘inability to avoid temptation where motor vehicles are concerned’.
Sentencing, Judge Alan Goldsack, Recorder of Sheffield, told Ali: “Fortunately for you and everyone else it was in the early hours of the morning, there wasn’t much traffic around and no damage was done.”
Ali was also handed a one-year supervision order and must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work on the community. He was also banned from driving for 18 months.