A Leeds man has been jailed after drug driving on cocaine, and leading police on a 15-minute high-speed chase through the city.
Prosecuting, Bashir Ahmen told the court how seven police cars, along with the West Yorkshire Police helicopter became involved in the pursuit of 21-year-old Brandon Ismay on December 23.
Officers spotted him at around 3am in his Peugeot van, wanting to stop him as they had seen a defect on the vehicle.
Ismay switched off his headlights and sped away from them, mounting a kerb and driving on the wrong side of the road, before reaching 99mph on the Stanningly bypass.
He was found in possession of cocaine, and Mr Ahmed told the court: “He clearly appeared to be under the influence of drink and drugs”.
A roadside drug swipe proved positive for cocaine, however, Ismay refused to provide a blood sample, citing a fear of needles.
With previous convictions for drug and driving offences, Ismay moved away from Leeds in a bid to stay out of trouble, said Sean Smith, mitigating.
He said the latest offences occurred after making the mistake of returning to Leeds for Christmas.
“He had turned his life around for the better by moving away,” said Mr Smith.
“He has undone all the good work in one fell swoop.
“There is only himself to blame if he is sent to custody today.”
After pleading guilty to dangerous driving, possession of a class A drug, driving without insurance and driving without a licence, Judge Penelope Belcher told Ismay “It is time to mature and grow up” before jailing him for 18 months, as well as banning him from the roads for 16 months thereafter.
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.