Drunk and already disqualified from driving, but the lure of his Nissan Micra proved too much for this drink-driver who careered head first towards an oncoming police car on the wrong side of a dual carriageway during a high-speed chase through Derby.
A pursuing patrol car radioed to the colleague “slow down he’s coming towards you” so they could avoid a head-on smash with a Nissan Micra being driven by Hasnain Khalid.
Derby Crown Court heard how the 21-year-old mounted a pavement and took a roundabout the wrong way during the eight-minute chase.
He then abandoned his car in a side street off Warwick Avenue and was found hiding in a gap between two garages by the heat-seeking camera on board the force helicopter.
Now Khalid, who has two recent dangerous driving convictions, has been jailed for 18 months after admitting a string of offences.
Recorder Jacqueline Carey told him: “You embarked on a piece of dangerous driving that lasted eight minutes.
“During it, you drove at speeds of up to 60mph in built-up areas while other road users were around.
“You were drunk and you showed no regard for them, yourself or the passenger that was in the car with you.
“You mounted a pavement, jumped a red light and went the wrong way down the dual carriageway into the path of oncoming cars including a police vehicle.
“You have a bad record for driving offences and this is so serious that only custody can be justified.”
Steven Taylor, prosecuting, said the chase began at 11.15pm on December 8, in the city centre when a doorman alerted police that he believed Khalid, of Normanton, was driving his car while drunk.
A foot patrol approached Khalid and try to talk to him, but he “revved his engine and drove away”.
Mr Taylor said police car patrols then began to pursue him up Curzon Street, Abbey Street and on to Burton Road.
Mr Taylor said: “He was recorded driving at 50mph to 60mph in 30mph residential streets.
“He turned into Whitaker Road heading towards Warwick Avenue.
“He mounted a kerb and travelled along the pavement on the wrong side of the road before reaching the traffic lights at Warwick Avenue.
“Here he turned right and on to the wrong side of the carriageway driving towards oncoming traffic.
“One of the cars was a police car and a chasing car was able to radio ahead telling them ‘slow down, he’s coming towards you’.”
Mr Taylor said Khalid then abandoned his Micra in a side street and hid with his female passenger in a gap between the two garages.
He said: “A police helicopter was asked to assist and located them via its heat-seeking camera.
“The police dog was then used and the defendant gave himself up.”
Mr Taylor said Khalid, of Overdale Road, was “uncooperative” at the police station refusing a breath test.
But he later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, without insurance and failing to provide a specimen.
The court was told he has two previous convictions for dangerous driving in 2016 and 2017.
Robert Sandford, mitigating, said his client did not cause any damage during the police chase and no-one was injured “through good fortune rather than calculation”.
He said: “He lives at home with his parents and two younger siblings and he has just turned 21.
“He is a young man of an impressionable age and there’s a real concern he is going to be institutionalised or criminalised.”
As well as the jail term, Recorder Carey disqualified Khalid from driving for two years.