A former asylum seeker is behind bars after ploughing a "powerful" car into a parked vehicle in Rayners Lane while almost twice over the legal limit.
Unemployed Nireshanthan Mohan, 33, was jailed for six months for dangerous driving, drink driving, and obstructing a police officer, at Harrow Crown Court on Monday (November 27).
The court heard how police officers witnessed Mohan, of Beechwood Gardens, Ealing , driving dangerously in a Black Chevrolet car on October 24 this year.
Mr Dipan Varsani, prosecuting, said: "He was asked to stop by the police officer but instead put the vehicle in to reverse, and went at speed through an alleyway before turning onto Alexandra Avenue.
He added: "Officers chased after him on foot but had to move out of the way very rapidly to avoid being hit.
"(Mohan's) car collided with another parked vehicle so hard it mounted the pavement."
Mohan was then asked to get out of the car but refused to comply with the officer's request.
Outlining the case, Mr Varsani continued: "We saw he (the police officer) made the right decision to then deploy CS spray, which had a bad reaction on the officer - in the CCTV footage we saw him coughing.
"The other officer then dragged him out of the vehicle on the passenger side.
"He drew an alcohol reading of 57 in breath, just shy of twice over the limit.
"In interview, there was a denial of dangerous driving, he claimed the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure."
The court heard Mohan came to England seven years ago seeking asylum from Sri Lanka having served in the military, but is currently out of work.
He was previously convicted of fraud by false representation in 2014 in order to claim benefits.
During the hearing, Judge Dean asked: "How does he drive such a powerful car if he does not work?" but there was no answer given.
Ms Sahara Furgus-Simms offered submissions in defence of Mohan, stating that he had been the victim of two assaults prior to the incident and said he is "fully integrated into the community."
She added: "Mr Mohan is remorseful for his lack of regard for those around him.
"He caused no personal injury to himself or anyone else during what was around 20-30 seconds of driving."
But Judge Dean sentenced Mohan to six months imprisonment for dangerous driving, with one month jail to run concurrently for obstructing a police officer, and a license endorsement for drink driving.
She told Mohan: "It's completely disgraceful. You were nearly twice the legal limit.
"Falsely claiming benefits has to be an aggravating factor in this case.
"We have heard that you are a regular member of the temple but you are not working at the moment - you could get a job."
Mohan was also disqualified from driving for 18 months, including a three-month uplift to account for his time in prison, and he is not to drive again until he passes an extended re-test.
He previously pleaded guilty to the three charges at Harrow Crown Court on November 23.
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