A DANGEROUS driver has been given extra time to get a lawyer and answer charges that he failed to attend community service sessions.

Saeedul Ali was handed unpaid work in March after the BMW driver led police on a high-speed chase through Swindon that saw him mount the kerb to avoid a stinger device.

Rather than jailing him, Recorder Noel Casey gave Ali an eight month jail term suspended for a year. He ordered Ali complete 120 hours of unpaid work, abide by a four-month curfew and complete up to 10 days rehabilitation activity days and 12 hours at a senior attendance centre.

The 19-year-old has already been back before Swindon Crown Court once for failing to abide by the terms of his suspended jail order.

Three months on Ali was back in the dock, where he admitted failing to attend probation appointments.

But after hearing that Ali had completed more than 70 hours of unpaid work and had been cancelled on eight times by the company organising his community service sessions, Judge Peter Crabtree opted to adjourn sentencing the teen.

He told self-represented Ali: “This is the second breach. Reading this [probation] report, you’re going to prison. The offence you committed – dangerous driving – was exceptionally serious.

“I’m going to give you the opportunity to get a lawyer to represent you.”

Ali will be back before Swindon Crown Court on November 28.