The already banned driver was spotted by police at the wheel of a Kia
University graduate Vijay Mattu, 25, of Handsworth, Birmingham, was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday, August 24, 2018, for dangerous driving at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Mattu admitted to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance in the incident which occurred on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
He previously collected three convictions, one of which included a driving ban in 2017.
This was imposed when he failed to provide a specimen when he was stopped by police.
The already banned driver was spotted by a police patrol unit at the wheel of a Kia on Smethwick High Street.
The Court heard that Mattu drove off at speed when the police patrol car activated its siren and blue lights.
He ignored a no-entry sign and went down a one-way street in the wrong direction at 50 mph.
Mattu sped through a red light before turning off the car’s headlights while escaping from a cul-de-sac he had accidentally turned into.
The prosecutor, Mr. Mark Stephens explained that the Kia Mattu was driving, was on false plates.
He added that the car struck the kerb twice at speed, deflating a tyre in the process which led to the university graduate losing control of the car.
Mattu skid across a T junction before crashing into a fence, causing £500 worth of damage.
When officers went to arrest Mattu, he told them that the car belonged to his girlfriend.
Mr Timothy Harrington, defending, said: “He was driving when he should not have done and panicked when he saw the police.”
“He now realises how stupid and dangerous his behaviour was.”
“He is an educated man with a university degree who wishes to return to the offence-free life he led until last year.”
Judge Abbas Mithani QC said:
“Your driving was appalling and exposed members of the public to serious injury or even death.”
“Fortunately, this was not the result on this occasion but your sentence must have a deterrent element to discourage others from behaving as you did.”
“As a graduate, you should have the intelligence to realise the danger this sort of driving creates.”
Judge Mithani sentenced Mattu to eight months in prison.
The university graduate was also banned from driving for three years upon his release from prison.”
Dangerous driving carries a sentence of up to two years imprisonment.
On August 18, 2018, a driver avoided jail for dangerous driving in Leicester.