A yob who drove a car at a man before embarking on a drug-fuelled chase told police “Aren’t I a great driver?”
Adris Rasool, 18, clipped the petrol station manager with a Ford Mondeo when he sped off from the garage in Accrington without paying.
The following day he evaded officers for 15 minutes during a police chase through residential areas, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and reaching speeds of up to 80mph.
Rasool was jailed for 12 months by Recorder Andrew Thomas QC at Preston Crown Court this week, who described his driving as “exceptionally dangerous”.
Rasool was shopped to the police by his mum, who recognised a CCTV picture of her son in the local press.
Prosecutor Sarah Statham said Rasool filled up the Mondeo at the Murco petrol station in Accrington on March 11 and the manager, who was worried he would make off without payment, placed a rubbish bin in front of the vehicle.
At this point Rasool – who has never taken a driving lesson – sped off, hitting the manager on his shin on his way past.
The following day, while under the influence of cannabis, Rasool and four friends were spotted by police driving on the outskirts of Blackburn.
When the police tried to stop the car, Rasool sped off through the town centre passing several red lights.
At one point, Rasool almost hit a couple pushing a pram, who jumped out of the road to avoid being hit, Mrs Statham added.
He mounted a cycleway and the kerb to avoid a police stinger and continued to drive on even when his windscreen was smashed by a police truncheon.
When arrested he said: “Wow – that was great. Why did you chase me?” before assaulting the officer with slaps and kicks.
The defendant, of Accrington Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer, driving a car while unfit through drugs and driving without insurance, a licence and test certificate. He also admitted making off without payment, assault by beating and using a car with a false registration plate.
Daniel Prouse, defending, asked for a suspended sentence for the ‘very immature’ defendant.
He said Rasool drove off from the Accrington garage because he felt he was being treated in a ‘heavy handed’ manner.
He added that the police chase had come about through ‘panic’.