A Sheffield man who is almost completely blind drove five-and-a-half miles across the city at high speed in the dead of night while being pursued by police.
Mulazum Hussain, who is registered blind, was spotted by officers in a police patrol car at 3.30am, Sheffield Crown Court was told. The 21-year-old was driving so fast along the Parkway out of Sheffield city centre that officers activated their flashing lights and started to pursue him.
But instead of pulling over, Hussain – who was at the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa – drove faster in an attempt to get away.
The court was told he reached speeds of more than 85mph and hurtled through a number of red lights.
He careered straight over the top of roundabouts and ignored signs and bollards.
At one stage his car was being driven so fast it left the ground and did a 360 degree spin as he made his way down Handsworth Road, Staniforth Road, Woodbourn Road and into Newhall Road, Attercliffe.
The chase was joined by a second police vehicle which pulled alongside the Corsa on Newhall Road.
Hussain, of Britnall Street, Attercliffe, deliberately rammed the police car, but the two police vehicles boxed the Corsa in, forcing him to stop.
As officers approached the car Hussain shuffled from the driver’s seat across to the passenger seat.
Hussain then told officers the car was being driven by his cousin – even though officers saw only one person inside the vehicle during the pursuit.
Hussain told officers: “It wasn’t me driving, I can’t see, I am blind.”
The court was told Hussain suffers from a degenerative macular disorder which means he can only see for a distance of only a few feet.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and having no insurance and was jailed for nine months.
Judge Jeremy Barnett told him: “You pleaded guilty to the most awful piece of driving.
“It was highly dangerous, aggravated by you being only partially sighted.”