"You drove the wrong way along a dual carriageway."
Father of four children, Liaquat Hussain, aged 35, of Batley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for two years for two high-speed police chases.
Leeds Crown Court heard that in one pursuit, he drove the wrong way on a dual carriageway.
Judge Robin Mairs described Hussain’s “appalling” driving as among the worst he has seen after camera footage from a West Yorkshire Police helicopter showed his car narrowly missing a head-on crash.
The prosecutor Robert Galley explained that just after 11 pm on June 24, 2019, police signalled Hussain to stop the VW Golf he was driving on Rouse Mill Lane, Batley.
However, Hussain did not stop and sped away. He drove through at least three sets of traffic lights and at approximately 60mph in 30mph zones.
Hussain drove around the Harburn Estate before reaching speeds of 90mph in Batley town centre.
He then drove the wrong way along a dual carriageway when patrol cars stopped pursuing.
Mr Galley stated that the police chase stopped as it was deemed too dangerous. A police helicopter then tracked Hussain’s vehicle as he narrowly avoided a head-on crash with a van.
The pursuit came to an end when Hussain crashed into a wall and the car overturned.
Hussain suffered a leg injury in the crash. He was arrested and taken to hospital.
The second police chase happened on September 1, 2019, just after 6 pm.
Hussain failed to stop for police while driving a VW Touran with false registration plates in Batley. He drove at speeds of 60mph and mounted kerbs before being boxed in by police cars while driving on a pavement.
Hussain pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving while banned and possessing cannabis.
Andrew Dallas said in mitigation:
“He wishes he could turn the clock back. He is desperate now to stop this.
“He is the principal carer for his father who has a heart condition and is diabetic.
“He is separating himself from his four children by getting himself into trouble.
“He is insistent this will not happen again and is very sorry.”
Hussain has previous convictions for robbery, driving while banned, dangerous driving, drink driving and aggravated vehicle taking.
Judge Mairs told Hussain: “You drove the wrong way along a dual carriageway.
“I have watched the CCTV footage.
“This was a prolonged period of appalling driving which showed complete and utter disregard for other road users.”
Judge Mairs added: “Both spates of driving are among the worst that I have seen.”
It was reported by the Dewsbury Reporter that Liaquat Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison. He was also banned from driving for seven years.