Mobile phones, £600 and 10g of cannabis found in car of drug dealer who led cops on chase in ‘disastrous’ attempt to ‘impress pals’


A drug dealer crashed into an elderly couple’s car during a police chase in Rochdale.

Atif Iqbal, 20, had several snap bags of cannabis in his car when he was asked to stop by police officers on patrol in December 2018.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Iqbal sped off from officers in his Peugeot.

During the chase, the youngster came head-to-head with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, being driven by an elderly man with his wife.

The court heard Iqbal’s car couldn’t fit between a gap in the traffic – and crashed into a parked car and the couple’s vehicle.

Nobody was hurt in the crash, but officers were forced to smash the windscreen of Iqbal’s car to get the keys from his vehicle and arrest him.

As they searched the car, police found £617 in cash, mobile phones and 10g of cannabis.

Iqbal, of Halifax Road, Rochdale, was jailed for 12 months suspended for 18 months. His barrister argued the offence had been a ‘disastrous’ attempt to impress his friends.

Iqbal was jailed for 12 months suspended for 18 months at Manchester Minshull Street

He had previously admitted possession of class B drugs with intent to supply; and dangerous driving.

Prosecutor, Lisa Boocock told the court: “The defendant had been driving a Peugeot at around 10pm. He had a passenger in the car and turned without indicating.

“When police spotted him and asked him to stop, he in fact drove off at speed.”

Ms Boocock said Iqbal got into difficulty very quickly when his car came to head-on with a car being driven by an elderly man.

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“The gap was too narrow for the defendant to get past,” Ms Boocock added.

“As the police officer got out of the car and saw the defendant had caused damage to a parked vehicle, and the one carrying the elderly couple.

“The police officer tried to take the keys from his car but the defendant was revving his engine. The officer smashed the drivers window and took the keys from the car.

“The defendant was arrested and found to be in possession of £617 and 10g of cannabis.”

Iqbal’s lawyer, Patrick Buckley said his client’s offending had been the ‘first’ and ‘rather disastrous’ last attempt to impress people.

“It happened a long time ago with people the defendant is no longer associated with,” Mr Buckley told the court.

“There has been no repeat of this for 18 months and the defendant is optimistic of employment once this period of time is over.”

Sentencing Iqbal, Judge Mark Savill said: “You were out dealing cannabis and came to the attention of police. Because of your illegal activity and the fact you had a number of snap bags, you tried to get away.

“That was doomed to failure. This was a very short chase before you were blocked in by a car coming down a narrow road and you tried to force your way past – damaging a parked car and a car coming towards you.

“You must not put other road users at risk.”

Iqbal was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and has been disqualified from driving for 12 months, and must take a mandatory retest.

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