Supermarket worker drove stolen car the wrong way around three roundabouts in high speed police chase

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A supermarket worker who drove the wrong way around three roundabouts at more than 60mph during a high speed police chase has been sentenced.

Mohammed Arwan, 20, of Narbeth Drive, Aylesbury failed to stop when police tried to pull him over in Bicester Road on January 26 this year.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard today how a high speed police chase ensued, and Awan was seen going the wrong way round three roundabouts at between 60 and 70mph, before crashing the car into a ditch.

The car had been taken from someone that Arwan knew without their permission.

After Arwan had crashed the car he got out and apologised to police, admitting that he didn’t have any insurance.

He also made admissions of guilt during a later interview with police and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance at the first opportunity.

Arwan’s defence said her client had panicked, and his ill-advised actions had been the result of a split second bad decision.

She said no other cars had been damaged in the chase, except from the vehicle the defendant was driving.

The court also heard that Arwan has financial responsibilities within his family and works long hours at a supermarket as well as helping his dad on a market stall.

He is also partly responsible for paying for his younger sister’s school fees.

Judge Kristina Montgomery dismissed claims that Awan had acted ‘in the moment’ but spared him jail.

She said: “Driving the wrong way around a roundabout is extremely dangerous and I struggle to accept that you acted ‘in the moment’ because the whole reason you were in the position was because you had acted extremely dishonestly by taking the car out for a jaunt in the first place.”

She added: “The fact is that prisons are full of people who rightly deserve to be there because there is no prospect for them.

“In my view at this stage, and I emphasise at this stage, you don’t need to join them.”

She handed Awan eight months in prison suspended for 24 months.

He must also attend a thinking skills course designed to address his behaviour, complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and wear an electronic tag with an imposed curfew for four months.

He is disqualified from driving for three years, after which time he will have to take an extended retest. Costs of £425 were also imposed which must be paid within six months.