Driver jailed for causing injuries to driving instructor and pupil in Leeds crash

Adnan Ghafoor.

Adnan Ghafoor.

A BANNED driver caused devastating injuries to a driving instructor and his pupil when his high-powered sports car struck their vehicle as he drove “like and idiot”, a court heard.

Adnan Ghafoor was jailed for three years, seven months after causing a scene of “complete devastation” in the head-on collision.

Leeds Crown Court heard the driving instructor had to undergo a six-hour operation after suffering fractures to his wrist, shoulder and nose.

He also suffered a rupture to his abdomen and a cut to his liver.

The learner driver suffered serious injuries to her knees and has had to abandon her plans to become a yoga teacher.

Ghafoor, 23, was disqualified from driving at the time of the collision which happened on Butcher Hill, West Park, Leeds, on February 14 last year.

A witness described seeing Ghafoor driving “like an idiot” shortly before the incident and told police it was only a matter of time before he caused an accident.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off Ghafoor’s Subaru to rescue him and his passenger.

Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said Ghafoor had been driving above the speed limit despite wet and slippery conditions.

The court heard the learner driver has suffered from anxiety and depression due to her ordeal.

Mr Robertshaw said: “She feels as though she has lost two years of her life as a result of this accident.

“The physical and emotional consequences are likely to last for the rest of her life.”

Ghafoor, of Burley Lodge Terrace, Burley, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Jon Gregg, mitigating, said Ghafoor was sorry for what he had done. The barrister said Ghafoor and his passenger also suffered injuries in the collision.

Mr Gregg said: “It is fortunate that we are not dealing with a fatality.

“Tempestuous young men make silly decisions. One can only hope that he has learned a lesson.”

Jailing Ghafoor, Recorder David Preston, said: “I suspect the effects of what you did will never leave either of them.

“You did not intend that day to cause harm to anybody else, but when you take control of a large, heavy, dangerous machine, you take on a responsibility not only to yourself and your passengers but to other road users and pedestrians to drive that vehicle safely.”

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