Dangerous driver rolled Mercedes after starting illegal street race in front of unmarked police car

Tuesday, 20th August 2019

THIS is the moment a Mercedes driver rolled his car after reaching 90mph as he tried to outrun police who had spotted him illegally racing.

Jamil Khan’s car hit another vehicle before his rolled and slid down the road on its roof.

Three minutes earlier, he and a BMW driver had raced away from traffic lights on the Hagley Road, reaching speeds of 75mph.

What the drivers didn’t realise is that that they were right in front of an unmarked West Midlands Police traffic car, which followed them.

The officers caught up with the Mercedes on Broad Street, but 35-year-old Khan sped away from officers when they tried to speak to him.

Khan went through a red light, undertaking a car on a roundabout and mounting a kerb as he hit 60mph in a 20mph limit.

He eventually hit 90mph in a 30mph zone before overtaking on a blind crest, colliding with a Fiesta head-on and rolling the car on the canal bridge on where it finally came to rest outside City Hospital.

Khan who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt was cut free from emergency services and taken to hospital to be treated for a head injury.

His front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Fiesta that Khan had hit and written off.

JAILED: Jamil Khan

JAILED: Jamil Khan (Credit: West Midlands Police)

Khan smelled strongly of alcohol but refused to allow a blood sample to be analysed.

Khan, of Rood End Road, Smethwick, was found guilty of dangerous driving, failing to allow a sample to be analysed and disqualified driving.

Last Tuesday (13 August) at Birmingham Crown Court, he was jailed for 26 months and banned from driving for four years.

PC Dan Lynas, who pursued Khan, said: “This was appalling driving from Khan, who was lucky to escape from the collision that he caused with his life.

“We welcome this sentence and hope it sends a strong message to drivers who are willing to put lives at risk by driving dangerously.”

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