Sheffield teenager high on drugs raced away from police at 80mph before crashing into car

A drug-fuelled high-speed driver has been given a community order after he was involved in a police pursuit.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:22 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on March 8 how Shazaib Iqbal, aged 19, of Jenkin Road, Wincobank, Sheffield, was followed by a police car which had spotted his Seat Leon on Firth Park Road, Sheffield, and as the officers activated their lights and sirens he pulled away on Earl Marshall Road.

Recorder David Gordon said: “This was dangerous driving that went on for some protracted period of some four minutes covering two-and-a-half miles racing at speeds in excess of the speed limit.”

Joseph Bell, prosecuting, said Iqbal went through junctions, contravened red traffic lights, went the wrong way down a one-way street and a dual carriageway and was involved in a collision.

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Mr Bell added Iqbal appeared to stop on Earl Marshall Road but acclerated away to Whiteways Road at 40mph in a 30mph zone and drove to Whiteways Drive at over 45mph and went through three giveway junctions.

Iqbal reached 80mph in a 30mph zone on Petre Street, according to Mr Bell, and sped to Carlisle Street before driving to Saville Street and overtaking queuing traffic and going through a red light and driving against the flow of on-coming traffic.

Mr Bell said police regained sight of Iqbal at the Wicker where he accelerated to Derek Dooley Way in the wrong direction before making a U-turn along the Wicker and Saville Street.

Iqbal finally collided with another vehicle after contravening traffc lights, according to Mr Bell, and his Seat Leon skidded into a kerb and crashed into railings.

Iqbal pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and to being over a specified driving limit for the class B drug cannabis which he admitted he had been smoking.

Rebecca Tanner, defending, said Iqbal was aged 17 at the time of the offence in November, 2019, and he had acted impulsively and says he was with others who had encouraged him before they escaped.

Recorder Gordon sentenced Iqbal to a 12-month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work and a three-month curfew. Iqbal was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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