A Leeds-based mechanic has been sentenced after he led the police on a five-mile chase in a customer’s car.
An Audi RS4 had been brought to Mohammed Ahmed for repair work before the mechanic, along with two other people, took the vehicle for a high-speed drive. Mr Ahmed was caught doing 80mph in a 30mph zone but did not stop when police took up pursuit, continuing his reckless driving for a further five miles before fleeing on foot.
Needless to say, actions like this are never a good idea but it is worth bearing in mind the long-term professional implications. Beyond the criminal sentencing, having a black mark like this on your record will make it extremely difficult to obtain any kind of motor trade insurance policy in the future, let alone one at a reasonable price, thus imposing a large obstacle should they wish to continue to work in this profession.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Mr Ahmed ran several red lights, causing oncoming vehicles to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. Having lost the pursuing police officers, a helicopter spotted the driver and two passengers running away down a side street.
It transpired in court that Mr Ahmed did not have the necessary road risks insurance that would allow him to drive other people’s vehicles as part of his business. This is why, he told the judge, he panicked and drove away when the police tried to stop him, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported.
Mr Ahmed was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, with 200 hours of unpaid work to be completed.