Engine flew from car in 100mph chase crash


A high-speed police chase came to a dramatic end when a driver crashed his car so badly that the engine was dislodged.

Umar Aziz was taken to hospital for treatment after officers found him in the passenger floor of his Vauxhall Corsa, which had crashed into Trinity Street traffic lights.

Aziz was jailed for 14 months after Judge Tom Gilbart heard he was on license at the time following a prison sentence for rape and drug trafficking and had already had two previous convictions for driving offenses .

Prosecuting Jack Troup told Bolton Crown Court how Aziz, 36, came to the attention of police in the early hours of August 25 last year.

He was driving a Vauxhall Corsa on Higher Bridge Street just before 2am but an officer on patrol became suspicious after speeding when he saw him.

Aziz, who had used cocaine, went even faster when the officer flashed his hazard lights, reaching speeds of over 100mph at times, overtaking other vehicles and driving through a red light during the chase seven minutes.

Aziz drove 80mph on Moss Bank Way, which has a 40mph limit, before hitting 90mph on Captain’s Clough Road.

Oumar Aziz

At Chorley Old Road, Aziz drove on the wrong side of the road at high speed and on Wigan Road, which has a 30mph limit, the vehicle exceeded 100mph.

“The incident began to come to an end when the Vauxhall Corsa collided with a curb while rounding a right-hand bend onto Moor Lane – the officer described the car as jumping,” Mr Troup said.

“On Trinity Street, it appears the driver of the vehicle lost control and collided with a set of traffic lights. Such was the force with which the vehicle hit the traffic lights that the engine of the Vauxhall Corsa is said to have thrown the vehicle.

“Mr Aziz was found by PC Ashworth in the passenger floor after being thrown there by the collision.”

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Aziz, of no fixed abode, tested positive for cocaine.

The court heard that in 2008 Aziz was convicted of dangerous driving and drugs and the following year he was convicted of driving with drugs and driving while prohibited.

In 2009, Aziz was also jailed for 11 years for the rape of two women and drug trafficking, and had been released on license when he committed his final offences.

Aziz admitted driving dangerously and using drugs.

Anna Bond, defending, said Aziz had taken cocaine several hours before driving but “freaked out” when he saw police, fearing the drug was still in his system.

“Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident,” she added.

The court was told that Aziz had “problems” with substance abuse and was seeking help to cope with it and his mental health.

In addition to jailing Aziz, Judge Gilbart also banned Aziz from driving for four years and seven months.

“It was pretty appalling conduct,” the judge told him.

“It has gone on long enough, you have traveled at extremely high speeds and totally ignored the safety of others in selfish pursuit of your own interests.”

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