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Man with no license in stolen Audi caught doing 138 mph driving away from police

He is also banned from driving for three years and seven months until he passes an extended retest.

A man who was caught driving a stolen black Audi A8 without a license or insurance and accelerated away from a police officer at a top speed of 138mph on the motorway before heading to the city centre has been jailed for 14 months.

He was also banned from driving for three years and seven months until he passes an extended retest.

Eesa Kahn, 22, of Midland Road, Derby, was clocked driving at high speeds including at 93mph in a 30 zone.

Prosector Emma Handley told Bradford Crown Court that a police officer in a marked patrol car saw the Audi speeding at 9.25pm.

The police officer followed the car but failed to catch up despite going 120mph.

The black Audi was seen weaving across all three lanes of the M62 and was caught undertaking and overtaking traffic.

After Junction 25, the police officer caught up with Mr Khan who had dropped back to 90mph and had braked three times for no apparent reason.

The prosecutor said that when Mr Khan became aware of the patrol car behind him, he accelerated the car at 138mph to get away from the officer.

The dangerous driver braked harshly when turning onto the M606 and increased his speed up to 125mph.

He drove on to Mayo Avenue and Manchester Road, pushing his way through the traffic and forcing other road users to take evasive action.

When on the dual carriage, Mr Khan hit another vehicle and was doing 93mph despite it being a 30 zone.

Mr Khan was in Bowling Old Lane when he was detained and arrested after he leapt from the moving car and tried to run. Mr Khan told the police: “I panicked. I got scared.”

The court heard that the Audi had been stolen in a burglary in Greater Manchester which was still being investigated.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without a license and insurance on 25 July last year.

His barrister, Christopher Styles, said in mitigation that he had admitted the offences at the first opportunity in the magistrates’ court and that he had mental health problems and possible ADHD and PDSD.

His defence said that he was now working for a car company in Leicester and that provided him with the structure to keep him on the straight and narrow.

He also mentioned that family members were supporting him in the law-abiding life he had lived since committing the offences nine months ago and that if he was jailed, he would lose his job and his accommodation.

Judge Andrew Hatton said the maximum penalty for dangerous driving was “for some bizarre reason” two years’ imprisonment.

Mr Khan was given a fourteen-month prison sentence and is banned from driving for three years and seven months until he passes an extended retest.

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