Driver showed ‘ap­palling dis­re­gard’ for public safety

Man jailed af­ter be­ing caught at 90mph on wrong side of road

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

A 22-YEAR-OLD was jailed for dan­ger­ous driv­ing af­ter driv­ing at 90mph on the wrong side of the road in Ruis­lip.

Luke Esprit of Dabbs Hill Lane, Northolt, was handed an eight months prison sen­tence at Isle­worth Crown Court on Fri­day, Septem­ber 11, for dan­ger­ous driv­ing, driv­ing whilst dis­qual­i­fied, driv­ing with no in­sur­ance and fail­ing to stop for the po­lice.

He was caught af­ter a po­lice pur­suit tracked him down on May 3 this year, and pleaded guilty to the of­fences in early Septem­ber.

At around 2.40pm on May 3, Esprit, who was in the com­pany of one other man, was iden­ti­fied by a A BARNHILL Com­mu­nity High Sixth Form stu­dent won the sil­ver medal in weightlift­ing at the 2015 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games this month.

Kian Pan­javi qual­i­fied for the games by win­ning a gold medal at the Bri­tish Youth Cham­pi­onships this year, when he set a new per­sonal best. He has marked East­cote driv­ing speed.

At the time Esprit was driv­ing whilst dis­qual­i­fied and us­ing his girl­friend’s car, a white Audi A3.

The po­lice car turned on its blue flash­ing lights and siren to ini­ti­ate a ve­hi­cle stop, but the Audi tried to get away, even mount­ing the pave­ment to es­cape the po­lice car.

Esprit then ac­cel­er­ated and drove at around 90mph into the op­po­site car­riage­way of Field End Road.

Of­fi­cers were un­able to pur­sue the Audi at the time due to the ex­treme dan­ger Esprit pre­sented to the lives of the public, the po­lice and him­self.

The ve­hi­cle was later found aban­doned in Bemp­ton Drive in Ruis­lip. po­lice car in

Lane North dan­ger­ously at at­tended Barnhill since 2014 and stud­ies PE.

Kazem Pan­javi, world­class weightlifter and Kian’s coach and fa­ther, has taught weightlift­ing at Barnhill for a num­ber of years.

Kian hopes to beat his per­sonal best at the Euro­pean Youth Cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber. A de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion iden­ti­fied Esprit to be the driver and en­quiries to trace him then fol­lowed.

On May 7 Esprit handed him­self in at Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion where he was ar­rested and was charged in late June.

Sergeant Liam Moore said: “The sheer dis­re­gard Esprit has shown to the lives of other road users is ap­palling and there is no doubt that his ac­tions could have caused sig­nif­i­cant in­juries or even death.

“Esprit will now com­mence his jail term and will have to face the con­se­quences of his ac­tions.

“Our com­mit­ment to pro­tect­ing all road users and bring­ing to jus­tice those who com­mit driv­ing of­fences re­mains res­o­lute and we will pur­sue those in­tent on blight­ing the com­mu­nity with dan­ger­ous ac­tions.”

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