Student banned for 80 years for dangerous driving in Salford

A student has been banned from driving for 80 years after smashing into a stone bench during a police chase.

In a clip released by Greater Manchester Police, Mohammed Ahsan can be seen speeding around the corner of University Way while being followed by police.

The blue Seat Leon ends up leaving the carriageway and ploughs into a marble bench opposite the University of Salford.

GMP traffic police then arrest the driver as he gets out of the front seat.

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Police first began chasing the car on The Crescent, in Salford, at around 4.20am on February 23.

Salford University student Ahsan, 20, refused to stop and officers continued to pursue the car through Salford.

It travelled along The Crescent outbound from Manchester before the smash outside the university took place.

Ahsan and the front seat passenger were taken to hospital for minor injuries.

Four other passengers also in the car just suffered from bumps and bruises.

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Ahsan, of Kenpas Highway, Coventry, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court and was convicted of dangerous driving.

He was handed the driving ban for 80 years and will not be allowed behind the wheel until August 2097.

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There is no place for dangerous drivers on our roads.

“Far too many people die on our roads due to ignorance from dangerous drivers.

“This driver’s reason for being stopped was because he was carrying too many passengers and panicked.

“It was irresponsible and shows a blatant disregard for anyone’s safety.” Ahsan was also ordered to pay £85 court costs, £115 victim surcharge, 100 hours unpaid work and was given a 16 week prison sentence suspended for a year.

– PC Matt Picton, Greater Manchester Police
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Ahsan is banned for 80 years and will not be allowed behind the wheel until August 2097.

It is understood drivers who are handed the ban will not remain disqualified for the whole 80 years if they pass an extended test.