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Banned driver who hit pedestrian while trying to escape police jailed

A driver who was caught on camera knocking down and seriously injuring a pedestrian in the centre of Cardiff has been jailed for three years.

Credit: Aidan Chiselle

Mohammad Yousuf Arshad, 23, had been driving along Westgate Street on 26 July 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.

Mohammad Arshad was jailed for three years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Credit: South Wales Police

He drove over the pavement onto Wood Street in his attempt to get away when he struck John Dare who was about to cross the road.

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

John Dare, 45, from Barry, suffered severe head injuries and a broken shoulder. Credit: Wales News

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 shouldn’t 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.

– Leighton Mawer of the Crown Prosecution Service

Mohammad Arshad was sentenced to three years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was also given a 6.5 year driving ban and will have to take an extended driving test after the ban.

Watch the moment Mohammad Arshad hit pedestrian John Dare while speeding through the city centre trying to escape from police: