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BEHIND BARS: Man sentenced after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving in Watford 

 Published on: 4th October 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Mohammad Rathore, aged 22, of Croxley View, Watford appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday 28 September after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, driving while above the drug drive limit and fraud.

The court had heard that at around 1am on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 officers in Watford had spotted a Volkswagen Golf driving normally, however it had been flagged as having no MOT.

Officers attempted to stop the Golf, but the vehicle failed to stop and drove off leading to a police pursuit.

The Golf was driven dangerously and far in excess of the 30mph speed limit, setting off a speed camera in Hempstead Road at 81mph. 

Officers lost sight of the car for a few seconds due to a bend and when they regained sight of the car it had crashed into the garden wall of a residential property on Hempstead Road.

The driver had left the vehicle with the front seat passenger unconscious and seriously injured. He was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition and placed in an induced coma after suffering a head injury. He is continuing to make a good recover from the injury.

Rathore was later arrested by officers nearby and subsequently charged.

He was given a three-and-a-half-year custodial sentence and has been disqualified from driving for three years after he leaves prison.

Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Mr Rathore’s driving on the night was simply dangerous, he was heavily under the influence of drugs and chose to engage in a high speed pursuit with the police. 

“His actions had extremely severe consequences for his passenger, when he crashed causing serious injuries. It is only through blind luck that no one was killed. 

“This is another case that highlights the dangers of drug driving, those would be offenders should take note, the police will do all in their power to bring you to justice.”

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