Jail for city centre hit and run driver

16/08/2017

A driver who was caught on camera knocking down and seriously injuring a pedestrian in Cardiff city centre was jailed on 14 August 2017 at Cardiff Crown Court.

Mohammad Yousuf Arshad, 23, had been driving along Westgate Street on 26 July this year when a policeman in a marked vehicle stopped him to conduct a check. Arshad was a disqualified driver and sped away from the officer squeezing between other vehicles to try and escape.

He drove over the pavement onto Wood Street in his attempt to get away and was driving above the speed limit when he struck John Dare who was about to cross the road near the Vue Cinema.

Mr Dare suffered serious injuries including a fractured arm and multiple lacerations.

Leighton Mawer of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "At the time of the collision Arshad was driving on the wrong side of the road.

"Despite colliding with a pedestrian, who was then thrown from the vehicle's bonnet, Arshad carried on driving in an attempt to evade the police.

"Arshad shouldnt have been on the road at all that day but chose to ignore the previous court order banning him from driving. That decision had terrible consequences for Mr Dare, to whom we wish a speedy recovery."

Mohammad Arshad was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court to three years in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, four months concurrently for aggravated vehicle taking, four months concurrently for driving whilst disqualified and four months concurrently for failure to stop. He also received a two month concurrent sentence for breach of a community order.

Arshad also disqualified from driving for six years and six months. He will have to pass an extended driving test.