A MAN who drove his BMW into a the side of a passing car before slamming into a set of railings outside a city pub has been convicted of dangerous driving.

Omer Hussain, of Cowley Road, Oxford, had denied causing the crash near The City Arms on Cowley Road shortly after midnight on January 26 last year.

Jurors took just one hour to find the 29-year old guilty by a unanimous verdict of dangerous driving as his trial at Oxford Crown Court came to an end today.

During the trial prosecutors said that police had first noticed Hussain’s ‘inappropriate’ driving at Southfield Road moments before the collision.

As they turned around to follow him, the court heard, Hussain approached the junction of Cowley Road with his BMW before taking a left turn.

There he collided with another car, clipping its side, before flying off the road and into a set of railings near to The City Arms.

CCTV footage played to the court appeared to show the car driven by Hussain come to a halt before a man jumped out and raced up Magdalen Road and out of sight.

Taking to the witness box during the trial Hussain had claimed the road had been ‘icy’ and said his brakes had failed, but jurors rejected that and found him guilty.

His sentencing was adjourned so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared about him and he will learn his fate at the same court on October 25.

He was given an interim disqualification order and banned from the roads in the meantime.