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Bradford crash: Driving instructor's son jailed

Bradford Crown Court
Image caption Akhtar admitted dangerous driving at Bradford Crown Court

A driving instructor's son who crashed his car into another while being followed by police for speeding has been jailed.

Bilal Akhtar was driving at about 60mph (96km/h) on Leeds Road, Bradford, in April, when he swerved to avoid a learner driver and hit a car.

The judge said a family of four inside the other car could have been killed but Akhtar left the scene.

He admitted a charge of dangerous driving and was jailed for nine months.

The 26-year-old was also banned from driving for 34 months.

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Bradford Crown Court heard the road where Akhtar crashed his VW Golf had a 30mph (48km/h) speed limit.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Leeds Road, where Akhtar also lives, was often used as a "race track".

Defence barrister Shufqat Khan told the court Akhtar's father was a driving instructor. He added his client had expressed "genuine remorse".

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