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Driver jailed for lying to police about Birmingham collision

A driver who lied to police about his involvement in a serious collision in Birmingham which badly injured two pedestrians has today (18 November) been jailed for six months.

Waqar Khan, aged 19, initially told officers he had been the victim of a carjacking and was not driving the Seat Ibiza when it hit two men on Adderley Road, near the junction of Alum Rock Road, Saltley, on 12 January this year.

Waqar Khan
Jailed: Waquar Khan

The collision happened at about 7.20pm when two men, aged 34 and 29, got off a bus and began to cross Adderley Road in front of the bus.

hey were hit by the Ibiza as it passed a stationary bus. The car failed to stop but the front registration plate came off and was left behind at the scene.
The two men needed hospital treatment for serious injuries but have now made a full recovery.

Twenty minutes after the collision Khan’s father Fazil Khan rang police, saying his son had been carjacked in Arden Road.

Then, about 30 minutes after the collision the suspect called 999 from an address in Arden Road and reported he had been dragged from the Ibiza in a carjacking.

He gave officers a number for his mobile phone which he said had also been stolen but later admitted that one digit was incorrect.

Phone record checks showed Khan had called his father from that number seven minutes after the alleged theft of his car and phone.

Khan, of Finnemore Road, Bordsley Green, today admitted perverting the course of justice when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and was jailed for six months.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “As such, it became apparent to officers that the suspect’s version of events was not truthful.

“The manner of the suspect’s driving isn’t really in question here - there was no evidence to support charges of dangerous or even careless driving.

“But it is clear that the suspect lied to police saying that his vehicle had been stolen, when he was in fact the driver at the time of the collision.

"These lies led to valuable police time and resources being wasted investigating an alleged serious crime that never happened.

"The vehicle has never been recovered and Khan has never explained where it is."

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