Fleeing motorist attempts to push policeman in canal


A West Midlands policeman almost got an unceremonious dunking in a Black Country canal as he attempted to apprehend a fleeing motorist, a court has heard.
Jacob Khan had made off on foot in a bid to evade officers after abandoning his car following a routine stop.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that 23-year-old Khan was stopped on Birmingham New Road, Dudley, on May 5, but drove away from police in a panic, as he did not have either insurance or a valid driving licence.

Soon after, Kahn lost control of his car and spun round to face the pursuing patrol car, which he then struck as he forced his way past it, the Express & Star reports.

The chase continued until Kahn was forced to abandon his car in the Tipton area, where he was arrested after attempting to push a pursuing police officer into a canal.

Edward Soulsby, prosecuting, said: "The officer managed to avoid going into the water after giving the defendant a whack.

"On the night in question it had been raining and the roads were slippery. He had been driving at speeds up to 60mph in a 30mph limit which was far too far too fast for the conditions."

Kahn, from Kingswinford, admitted dangerous driving and driving without insurance or a valid licence. He was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work. He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £308 in costs.

Judge Amjad Nawaz said: "You made off because you knew you should not have been behind the wheel of that vehicle - you made a getaway. You should simply have stopped when you saw the police officers. You have come very close to going to prison."
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