Simran Bhaker has been jailed after a court was told how he put other drivers lives at danger during a 15-mile pursuit in which he drove at 130mph in his Skoda Fabia.
Travelling with his girlfriend Simran Bhaker, 29, sped off through residential streets then reached 100mph along Thorpe Lane. Speaking for the prosecution Dave Mackay told the court other drivers had to take evasive action when Bhaker went around bollards and drove on the wrong side of the road.
The defendant drove through Thorpe village at 90mph then onto Common Lane and the A650 Bradford Road before joining the M1.
The prosecutor said Bhaker drove “as fast as he could” along the motorway. Police cars managed to box the vehicle in on the fast last but Bhaker drove over a rain gully to getaway. The vehicle was eventually brought to a stop and Bhaker was arrested.
Mr Mackay said Bhaker’s partner was “visibly shaking and upset”.
Cannabis with a street value of £60 was found in the vehicle along with £745 in cash. A mobile phone was also found which contained texts linking him to dealing the class B drug. Bhaker’s home was searched and more cannabis was found along with dealer bags, scales and a grinder.
Police also recovered a taser disguised as a knuckle duster and fake Scottish banknotes.
Bhaker, of Ingle Avenue, Morley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of a prohibited weapon. Probation officer Gohar Khan told the court Bhaker gone out to get some food with his girlfriend and had panicked when he saw the police car following him.
Mr Khan said the defendant had bought the taser at a car boot sale. Bhaker was jailed for 25 months.
Judge Robin Mairs said: “This was a prolonged piece of driving that showed absolute disregard for other road users.”