"A performance for the police."
Bodrul Islam, aged 32, of Acocks Green, Birmingham, was jailed for 16 months after he claimed he was the victim of a carjacking.
But in actual fact, he tried to save his “arrogant” friend who had mowed down a grandfather whilst driving his Mazda.
The incident happened at around 11:30 am on June 26, 2021.
Whilst overtaking queuing traffic, Mohammed Shahid collided with 69-year-old Konar Ali. He then fled the scene.
Islam, an ambulance worker, told police that two men in Covid-19 masks, one of which branded a weapon, were responsible for the carjacking.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that there were seven calls and a text message exchanged between Islam and Shahid from 11:33 am to 11:49 am.
Both dialled 999 with Shahid claiming he had been a “witness” to the incident.
Rupert Jones, prosecuting, said:
“Mr Islam reported his car had been stolen about 20 to 30 minutes earlier, asserting he was the victim of a carjacking by two unknown males who dragged him from the car.
“Plainly it was an attempt to lay an excuse for Mr Shahid and cast the blame for the collision to others unknown.
“As a result of the 999 call police attended Mr Islam’s address. He was out of breath, nervous and in distress. A performance for the police.”
When police asked him to show the route he took before he was robbed, Islam repeated his account.
He was exposed when CCTV proved his Mazda had not been down the roads he had claimed.
The incident has left Mr Ali brain-damaged and bedbound.
Islam admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice.
Richard Canning, defending, said Islam was “vulnerable” and was “engaged in this activity by somebody more sophisticated”.
He said he would be “sorely missed” by the NHS as the UK continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Canning pleaded for a suspended jail sentence in the “exceptional” circumstances.
Judge Roderick Henderson said:
“I’m afraid the authorities are very clear this was a deliberate and sustained attempt to deceive the authorities. This strikes at the very heart of the system.”
He added it would be “impossible” to protect road users if people were allowed to “cheat the system”.
Islam was jailed for 16 months.
Shahid, aged 31, of Sparkhill, previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and perverting the course of justice.
He was jailed for four years on November 24, 2021. He also received a five-year driving ban.
Mr Ali’s family described him as a “pillar of the community”.
They said: “Everything he stood and cared for has been recklessly taken away. He is no longer able to live independently.
“The actions of the defendant (Shahid) speak for themselves.
“They were selfish, thoughtless and inhumane. He left our father fighting for his life in the road.”
“It was a horrific day for all involved how could he have left our helpless father?
“Now our father’s life is cut short. He has been stolen of his right to live life to the full.”
Shahid had overtaken at least 10 cars waiting at a red light as he went on to the wrong side of the road to park the Mazda before he hit Mr Ali.
Judge Henderson had told him:
“You, in that way we have seen arrogant drivers do, decided you couldn’t be bothered to wait in the queue and so you overtook the other vehicles.
“This was a deliberately arrogant manoeuvre.”