A CRADLEY Heath driver who deliberately drove into a police car in a desperate attempt to get away at the end of a high speed chase has been rewarded with his freedom after he proved to a Judge he could stay out of trouble with the law.
“You have taken the chance you were given and you have not thrown it away,” Judge Dean Kershaw told 23-year-old father of one Bradley Mohammed.
He said Mohammed had engaged in an extremely bad course of driving that could have resulted in someone being killed or badly injured.
“If someone like a child had stepped out you could have killed them or yourself,” he told Mohammed at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He said he had driven through a number of traffic lights on red during the pursuit because he clearly feared the officers would have discovered he had “consumed something.”
But having read a number of documents before the court the Judge ruled there was a chance of rehabilitation for Mohammed and for that reason he would not be sending him straight into custody.
Mohammed, of Elm Tree Way, had admitted driving dangerously, while disqualified, without insurance, criminal damage and failing to provide police with a blood sample for analysis.
He was given a 12 month jail term by the Judge suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community and disqualified from driving for three years.
The Judge who had deferred sentence on Mohammed for six months to see if he could stay on the straight and narrow warned him though that if he committed any further offending he could go into custody.
Miss Caroline Harris defending said Mohammed who works in a gym had shown real motivation during the adjournment and he was now a “changed man”.
She told the court new medication had turned his life around after clocking up a string of previous convictions and it was now his intention to stay on the straight and narrow.