Posted on 7th March 2018
A driver who was clocked speeding on the M1 has been jailed for six months after providing false details to our officers.
Abdul Shabir was heading northbound on the motorway in July last year when a camera caught his Mercedes Sprinter van doing 74mph in a 60mph zone, between junctions 29A and 30.
The 32-year-old was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution and asked to provide his details in response.
When no reply came, our Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team issued a follow-up.
Shabir, of Duncombe Road, Bolton, replied with a copy of a driving licence belonging to an innocent man from Preston, and claimed that person was the driver.
Our officers then travelled to Preston to speak to the named driver, and it became clear during that process that Shabir had provided false details.
As a result, Shabir was summonsed to court and charged not only with speeding, but also perverting the course of justice.
He was sentenced today at Derby Crown Court to six months behind bars and was also banned from driving for six months.
Sergeant Nick Beeston, from our CREST unit, said: “Today’s result should send a clear message to motorists that, if you are caught breaking the speed limit in Derbyshire, we will take you to court.
“Abdul Shabir was caught, we pursued him, and he decided to lie about who was responsible because he already had points on his licence and didn’t want to lose it.
“He gave the name of an innocent man, who then faced the ordeal of having two police officers knock on his door to ask him about an offence he didn’t commit.
“Our message is clear: speed limits are there for a reason, and anyone who breaks them can expect to face the consequences.
“If you then lie about your involvement, you will face consequences that are far more severe than points and a fine.”