A pizza delivery man’s attempt to emulate Benny Hill’s eponymous milkman Ernie landed him in jail after he was spotted jumping five red lights on a busy Birmingham road.
Rizwan Tasib, 27, who had no licence, a driving ban and had taken his dad’s Toyota car without permission was spotted by an off duty cop driving in an “appalling” manner.
The pizza man, of Stechford Lane, barely touched the brakes as he jumped red lights along Bromford Lane in Birmingham on the night of August 28 as he tried to be the fastest delivery man in the West.
A judge described dad-of-one Tasib as a “menace” and “a death waiting to occur.”
He admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cocaine, driving with no insurance and while disqualified at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
Appearing for sentence at Birmingham Crown Court he was jailed for 15 months.
Recorder Stephen Lowne said; “In short you are a menace on the road, a death waiting to occur.
“I can’t take any chances with you whatsoever.
“You are a significant danger on the road.
“In my judgement a suspended sentence would allow you to offend again and risk killing someone.”
Tasib was spotted by off-duty Sgt Simon Patten at around 11pm on August 24 on Bromford Lane near junction six of the M6 motorway.
The pizza delivery driver overtook the cop and jumped a red light.
Patrick Sullivan, prosecuting, said; “He didn’t even slow down, he didn’t brake.
“The officer followed around 50m behind and came to a second set of red lights at Fort Parkway.
“They were going from red to amber and other cars were waiting in a queue – he went straight through.
“Onto the next crossing where Bromford Road meets Bromford Lane, even at that time of day there is a lot of traffic so to go through those lights on red is extremely dangerous.
“Two vehicles has to slow down to avoid what would have been an inevitable collision if they had not taken action in the notorious accident black spot.”
Mr Sullivan described the road as a main arterial route through the city and said Tasib jumped a further two red lights before stopping.
“It was a piece of driving the officer found appalling.
“(Tasib) pulled up outside Pizza Masters and got out.
“He was a delivery man – he had pizza bags in hand that keep the pizza warm.
“He was calm and said he had to deliver money to the owners, he conceded he had no excuse (for the driving) and conceded it was his father’s car.”
During police interview he tried to claim he thought he was being followed by somebody who wanted to harm him but eventually admitted all of the charges against him.
Rashad Mohammed, defending, said Tasib had tried too hard to impress the manager of Pizza Master in an effort to land a job.
He said; “The pizza shop was in the process of offering him a job and they asked him to demonstrate the speediness of his deliveries.
“That may be an explanation in part of why he was driving this way on that particular day.
“His driving was clearly dangerous and it was fortune, rather than judgement, that there was no collision.
“The driving was really short-lived and the defendant was not speeding to great excess.”
Tasib was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended test.