Drink driver tried to escape police
OUT-OF-CONTROL drink driver Ahmed Saffee ignored a no-entry sign and failed to negotiate a roundabout as he was being pursued by police.
The 23-year-old was spotted driving erratically by police, and when they approached him, he tried to flee.
Officers followed him through Shelton and saw him make a catalogue of dangerous manoeuvres before failing to make it around a mini-roundabout.
Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he was found to be almost twice the drink drive limit, and only held a provisional licence.
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Now Saffee has been banned from the roads and ordered to address his drinking.
Steve Knowles, prosecuting, said: "At 12.15am on December 1 officers saw a Toyota Yaris reverse from Spencer Road at speed, and carry out a 90 degree handbrake turn.
"Officers approached the vehicle to speak to the driver, but on seeing the officer the vehicle was driven off. Officers pursued the vehicle into Ashford Street, where the lights were turned out.
"The vehicle went the wrong way through no entry signs to Beresford Street, reaching 45mph in a 30mph zone.
"It carried on into Cauldon Road, failed to negotiate a small roundabout, clipped the kerb and came to a stop."
The court heard the weather was cold and the roads were icy.
Saffee failed to provide a breath test at the scene, but a sample in custody revealed his alcohol level was 62 mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
The court heard Saffee, of Etruria Vale Road, had been drinking because he had fallen out with his partner.
David Ellis, mitigating, said: "He went to speak to friends at a house and consumed alcohol because he was upset.
"He wasn't intending to drive but the other people at the property asked him if he would take them elsewhere. He initially said no, but unfortunately, having been asked on a number of occasions, he finally bowed to their request. "He realised very shortly after starting that journey that he ought not to be driving the vehicle.
"He saw the police vehicle and panicked.
"Rather than doing the sensible thing, he made the situation far more serious for himself by not stopping."
Magistrates were told Saffee apologised for his stupidity.
He was handed an 18-month community order with 18 months supervision.
He must also complete the drink impaired drivers programme and do 100 hours of unpaid work.
Saffee was also disqualified from driving for 18 months until he completes an extended test.
He must pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.