Azhar Iqbal, 19, Crashed into Phone Box during Police Chase is Sentenced in Burnley

Azhar Iqbal, 19, of Every Street, Nelson, reached 70mph in 30mph zones during a police chase which ended with him hitting a phone box is sentenced at Burnley Crown Court for dangerous driving.

He was driving slowly and the brake lights kept activating for no reason in Wheatley Lane Road, Fence, at 1am on April 1.

The officer had become concerned and took up a following position behind the Vauxhall Vectra. Soon Iqbal drove at nearly 70mph onto Carr Hall Road, which has a 30mph speed limit.

He then crossed the Padiham bypass at 60mph and a vehicle had to pull over to avoid a head-on crash. He then jumping a red light as it got to the intersection with Every Street.

Later he crashes straight into a phone box. Iqbal was arrested after the two-and-a-half-minute pursuit.

Iqbal pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Judge Sara Dodd sentenced Iqbal to six months in custody but suspended it for 18 months. She made him subject to a three-month curfew, told him to do 150 hours’ unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days. Iqbal was also banned from driving for a year.