“This was a very long and dangerous pursuit"
Asam Hussain, aged 28, of no fixed address, was jailed for 10 months after he led police on a high-speed chase. The drink driver had also crashed into a police car.
On December 14, 2020, at 1:50 am, a Derbyshire police officer spotted Hussain driving erratically near Watchorn Island, Alfreton.
Police tried to pull Hussain over, but he refused and sped off in his Seat Leon onto the A38.
He then led police on a chase along the B600 through Somercotes, Selston and Underwood, before driving onto the M1 northbound.
Officers from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire joined the chase and attempted to box Hussain in.
However, they were unable to, with Hussain nearly crashing into one of the cars. He then left the M1 and raced along the A6185 through Heath and Holmewood.
He then rejoined the A38 and drove through Mansfield town centre with the headlights off.
However, Hussain lost control and ploughed into a wall. He then reversed into a Nottinghamshire Police armed response vehicle, causing £4,000 worth of damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries to the officers.
He was arrested and was found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit.
The drink driver was also found to be disqualified from driving.
Hussain was charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop for police and drink driving.
Armed Response Sergeant James Carrington, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“This was a very long and dangerous pursuit crossing county boundaries, travelling at high speeds and taking officers through various small villages and back on to main roads.
“We were pleased we could support our colleagues in Derbyshire, and despite one of our armed response vehicles suffering damage in the process, it was a relief to be able to bring this pursuit to an end in Mansfield.
“This behaviour on the roads is unacceptable and puts lives at risk.
“We will absolutely investigate, and work together with our neighbouring forces when required as we did in this case, to ensure the safety of everyone on the road and those who break the law are brought to justice.”
Hussain pleaded guilty to all charges and was jailed for 10 months. He was also banned from driving for five years and five months.
Inspector Greg Hunt, who leads the roads policing team in Derbyshire, said:
“That nobody was killed or seriously hurt as a result of Hussain’s actions is simply pure luck.”
“Drunk and disqualified, he put the lives of every other person on the road at risk with his actions that night – along with the officers who eventually brought him to justice.
“This case goes to show the fantastic cross-border work with our colleagues in Nottinghamshire and I hope sends the message that we don’t simply stop when you cross over into any of our neighbouring forces.
“If anything, you are just doubling your problems.”