Drunk driver jailed for 12 months - Luton


A drunk driver who was being chased by police drove down the M1 at about 130 mph with no lights on, Luton Crown Court heard today, Friday 05 July 2013.

Sajjad Rafiq, 25 had been followed by police from Telford Way, Luton, had gone through two red traffic lights and hit 110 mph along Airport Way before joining the M1 and heading south, said prosecutor Timothy Naik.

Then Rafiq pulled onto the hard shoulder and struggled with police as they arrested him. A breath alcohol test showed he was almost twice the legal limit for driving.

The waiter from Beech Road, Luton pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

He was sentenced  to twelve months custody and was given a four year driving ban. He had a previous conviction  of driving with excess alcohol in 2011.

Judge Mark Bishop told him: "This was a disgraceful piece of driving. It would have been obvious to you that you were being chased and I believe you turned your lights off deliberately while on the motorway."

The episode of driving took place in the early hours of  20 April this year. He was driving a borrowed VW Golf and had driven home from a party in Stevenage where he had drunk five or six glasses of Jack Daniels and Coke, the court was told.

Matthew Lippard, defending said: "Thankfully there were no accidents. He says the lights went off because they were faulty.

"He works as a waiter and is a carer for his mother."

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