Young driver who caused ‘extremely dangerous’ collision with loaned sports car

The decision to lend a BMW sports car to a 21-year-old who later drove an oncoming vehicle into a lamppost has been called “foolish” by a judge.

Zeeshan Ali was given the powerful car by the father of one of his friends and was later spotted by police driving at a speed of 100km/h in a 32km/h zone on June 18 last year, the court heard.

He was chased by Thames Valley police officers in Reading after he failed to stop, prosecutors said.

When Ali ran a red light, the gray BMW M4 collided with a car driven by Steve Brown, a health and safety expert whose vehicle was driven into a lamppost and came to a rest on the central reservation, a judge was told.

Ali abandoned the vehicle after the crash, where police also found cannabis.

Gabrielle McAvock, prosecuting, told the court that firefighters had to cut the victim from the wreckage of his car.

Ms McAvock described the driving as “incredible and extremely dangerous and it is pure luck that no one was killed.”

Victim missed the first dance of his wedding

In a victim impact statement, Mr Brown said he suffered multiple fractures to the right leg, fractures to two ribs and fractures to the sternum and had to spend five weeks in hospital.

Mr Brown had to wear a cast for months and his bone had healed 10 degrees out of alignment, the court heard.

Ms McAvock added: “He had (his) wedding on November 10 last year and was unable to do the first dance and a host of arrangements were needed including special adjustments to his wedding suit to take into account the cast on his leg .

“It had a major impact on the enjoyment of his wedding and the victim had no choice but to postpone his honeymoon with his wife.”

John Riley, defending, said Ali, now 22, was in possession of a car that was much more powerful than the defendant was used to.

Judge Alan Blake noted: “And someone saw fit to give it to a 21-year-old.”

Ali admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and appeared for sentencing at Reading Crown Court on May 24.

He also admitted that he did not have the correct insurance on the day of the incident, but he has not been charged with any criminal offense in connection with that.

Judge Blake told Ali: “You were driving a high-powered BMW M4. You were driving at too high a speed.

“You borrowed that car from a friend’s father, who was foolish enough to lend you an extremely powerful car.”

Ali was sentenced to 26 months in prison and disqualified from driving for three years and one month.

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