A ‘highly-respected’ pharmacist who drove dangerously and caused a head-on crash in Cirencester has been spared jail because it would cost him his career.
Hasan Ahmed, 27, attempted to overtake on the blind bend on the brow of a hill, after driving his BMW in heavy traffic, a court heard.
Prosecutor Nicola Wood said: “He had been stuck behind a slow moving truck for some time and this caused him some irritation.
“He attempted to overtake on solid double solid white lines – which happened to be on a blind bend on the brow of a hill – so he could not see what was coming towards him and he collided with a Fiat.”
The crash happened at around 8.15pm on the A429 Stow Road on August 26 last year and Ahmed attended to the other driver’s injuries until the emergency services arrived.
He admitted what he had done to the police.
The other driver suffered a broken nose, fractured cheek bone, broken arm, fractured wrist and broken ribs.
The judge Recorder Neil Millard said: “This was absolutely stupid driving but Ahmed appears to be hard working and a custodial sentence would end his career.”
Zarif Khan, defending said: “Ahmed is very ashamed of his driving. He immediately admitted his offending to the police on their arrival.
“Ahmed works six days a week and will prioritise any punishment imposed by the court around his work commitments.”
Recorder Millard told Ahmed: “You admitted your guilt when you were arrested.
“I have read a lot about you and it is clear to me that you are not just of good character, but of exemplary character.
“It was an incredibly foolish manoeuvre which resulted in an innocent man sustaining serious injury.
“However, you have accepted you made a mistake. I accept this was an isolated incident.
“A custodial sentence would mean you would lose your career. That would not only be a loss to you, but to the wider community.
“Everything I have read about you tells me this was a genuine mistake that lasted for just a few seconds with terrible consequences.
“I am therefore sentencing you to a 12-month community order, which includes undertaking 150 hours of unpaid work. I hope you have learnt your lesson.”
Ahmed, of Twycross Grove, Birmingham, was banned for driving for 18 months and ordered to pay court costs of £425 at the hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday (April 1).