Ex Dealer, Shaukat Zaman, 32, Jailed, After Police Chase with carpet on roof in Burnley

Shaukat Zaman, 32, of Thorne Street, Burnley, was driving his Saab 9-3 Vector car with a carpet tied to the roof of car, when police pulled him over in Romford Street on March 8.

Having initially stopped, Zaman then sped off, he reached speeds of 70mph, jumped a number of red light, veered onto the wrong side of the road, ignored give way lines and forced a bus to brake heavily to avoid a certain collision during the four-minute pursuit.

During chase his car crashed into a garden wall in Lockyer Avenue, Burnley, causing £500 of damage.

He was given a 21-month prison sentence suspended for two years in September for his role in the burglary of a cannabis farm.

He is working as carpet fitter after received sentenced, and was on his way to a job. Being subject to a suspended prison sentence and having not insured his car, ‘panicked during a moment of madness’ and attempted to evade them.

Zaman, who has been jailed in the past for drug dealing, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Judge Sara Dodd jailed Zaman for two years and banned him from driving for 27 months.

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