BIRMINGHAM: A man has become the first motorist to be jailed for flouting an injunction banning ‘car cruising’in the region after West Midlands Police traffic cops caught him racing at breakneck speeds in Birmingham. Police dash-cam footage caught the moment VW Golf driver Atif Qasim flew over an island on the A47 Heartlands Parkway near Star City at more than 90mph while racing a BMW.
Officers lying in wait on the evening of March 25 as part of Operation Hercules – the force’s response to tackling street racers – gave pursuit and quickly pulled over 20-year-old Qasim and BMW driver Sajad Hussain.
Both were arrested and charged with breaching the citywide High Court order which outlaws street racing and wider anti-social behaviour like riding in convoy, performing stunts, or revving engines, blaring horns and playing loud music at vehicle gatherings.
Hussain, aged 27 from Ronald Road in Bordesley Green, admitted the offence at court on 9 April and received a suspended jail sentence.
However Qasim, from Ward End Park Road in Alum Rock, failed to turn up at court and was rearrested later that month after officers tracked him down through known associates. And when he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday (8 May) he was sent straight to prison to start a seven month sentence; he was also ordered to pay £726 in court costs. has been jailed for street racing and flouting a Birmingham ‘Car Cruising’ injunction Car cruising injunctions are in place across the whole of Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
Birmingham Police Sergeant Martin Williams said anyone who flouts the injunctions by racing on the city’s streets runs the risk of being jailed. He added: “Several drivers have been arrested and put before the courts in recent weeks for breaching the injunction. They were given suspended jail sentences – which means if they are caught again they will likely end up behind bars – but this is the first case of a driver being handed an immediate term of imprisonment.