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Blind man convicted of dangerous driving.

United Press International.
Monday, September 04, 2006.

LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A blind man who tried to do a favor for a friend who had lost his license -- by driving for him -- was convicted in a British court Monday of dangerous driving.

Omed Aziz of Darlaston, Staffordshire, was blinded by a bomb in Iraq that also left him partly deaf with a maimed right hand, The Times of London reported.

"Mr. Aziz is without sight," Magistrate Richard Knight said after a trial in Warley Magistrates Court. "We find he was aware of a real risk of driving with his impairment and therefore his defective state amounted to dangerous driving."

Aziz and his passenger, who was giving directions, were arrested April 23 in Oldbury. They were stopped by police after Aziz, who had reached speeds as high as 35 mph, crossed a white line to the wrong side of the road.

The passenger also faces charges, The Times said. Aziz is to be sentenced next week.

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