"Sorry, sorry. I am high. I am off my head."
A Bradford judge jailed a drug dealer after driving dangerously amidst two separate police chases across Bradford city centre. He received a jail sentence of six and a half years. In addition, the judge banned him from driving for a total of six years.
Bradford Crown Court heard how 25-year-old Tassaduq Hussain had been involved in serious police chases, where he drove dangerously.
The first, taking place on 20th November 2016, saw the drug dealer driving at a speed of over 80mph in a 30mph zone. He drove through various red lights during the pursuit.
He soon lost control of his vehicle and ended up hitting a lamp post. Police arrested him and found wraps of heroin and crack cocaine on him.
The drug dealer later became released on bail. From there, he began a pattern of dangerous driving and possessing drugs.
On 15th February 2017, Tassaduq Hussain became involved in a second police chase as swerved into cars and ran through red lights. The chase ended as he crashed into two vehicles. Police arrested him and he reportedly said to them:
“Sorry, sorry. I am high. I am off my head.” Later, drug tests revealed Hussain had no drugs in his system. Police released him on bail again.
Hussain has also gotten in trouble with the law over drugs. In a separate incident, police found him selling Class A drugs in Bradford city centre. They found in total 160 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine stashed in his underwear. It had a street value of £1,600.
On 10th March 2017, police caught the drug dealer hiding heroin and crack cocaine in his car. Police had followed him driving his car after they witnessed him selling drugs from the vehicle.They also discovered £115 in cash and a drug test tested positive for opiates.
Hussain’s defence lawyer claimed he, a married man, battled with drug addiction. He also claimed that his client was receiving medication for depression. The lawyer added:
“He may be a suicide watch case because of his mental state.”
However, in the trial, Recorder Batiste said: “You clearly chose to continue to involve yourself in the drug dealing trade. You are someone who is quite content to commit criminal offences.”
West Yorkshire Police now hope that the results of this case will act as a warning for potential offenders.