Drink driver jailed - Bedford


Banned motorist Aqib Shah was caught drink driving twice while serving a suspended sentence for the same offence.

The 20-year-old father-of-two was jailed for 15-months by Judge David Farrell QC today, Friday, 31 August 2012, who told him: "You are completely and utterly irresponsible."

Simon Wilshire for the Crown prosecution Service told Luton Crown Court that in March last year Shah was given a 9-month jail sentence suspended for 18-months for driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, having no insurance and possessing a small amount of cannabis.

At four o'clock in the morning on 15 July this year he was caught in Milburn Road, Bedford driving an Audi A3. He had left a party in the town with the woman owner of the car, who was in the front passenger seat.  Shah appeared glazed to the officers and smelt of alcohol. He failed a road-side breath test and was taken to the police station where he gave a breath reading of 50; the legal limit is 35. Shah appeared at Bedford Magistrates' Court on 31 July where he pleaded guilty and was bailed to appear at the crown court.

A week later, on 07 August, he was driving a Peugeot 307 in Fairlands Way, Stevenage which failed to stop for the police. They followed him into the High Street where the car stopped. Shah was seen by one officer getting out of the driver's seat and changing places with a passenger. Again he failed a road-side breath test. At the police station his alcohol reading was 71; more than twice the legal limit.

Shah of Mile Road, Bedford appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance on 15 July. He also admitted driving with excess alcohol, having no insurance, failing to stop and driving while disqualified on 07 August.  He had four convictions for 14 previous offences. On one of those occasions he had used his cousin's name when stopped for driving by the police.

Colin Banham, defending, said: "He is still a young man who has difficulties with drink. He has not thought about the consequences of his actions." He said he is married with two children, but lives with his mother as he is her carer.

Jailing him for a total of 15-months, Judge David Farrell QC said: "You have no regard for court orders and totally disregard road safety. You are quite happy to drive while under the influence of alcohol with all the dangers that follow.

"You are completely and utterly irresponsible. You have to be punished for this behaviour, which has to stop."

The judge sentenced him to a total of 6-months for driving while disqualified and ordered him to serve all of the 9-month suspended sentence consecutively. He also banned him from driving for 4-years.

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