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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Carlisle danger driver shouted abuse at police

A dangerous driver who fled from police then shouted abuse at officers as they tried to arrest him has been spared jail.

Robert Pattison, 30, of Currock Park Avenue, Carlisle, appeared in the city’s crown court yesterday.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the court that on July 26 last year, police were called to an incident on Sewell Place, Currock.

Two officers arrived in a marked vehicle and saw a parked car on the street with the defendant inside.

“He wasn’t an exact match but was similar to somebody they were wanting to question in relation to the other incident,” said Mr Evans.

Pattison spotted the officers and left the scene quickly.

Mr Evans said there was no record of how fast the car headed off but added: “It pulled away from the scene at such a speed that its wheels were spinning.”

Pattison travelled down Sewell Road, Blackwell Road and then back to a property on Currock Park Avenue.

“All in excess of the 30mph speed limit,” Mr Evans said.

The officers chased Pattison with lights flashing and found the vehicle parked outside the property.

They found Pattison inside, who had taken off his t-shirt and was in the process of removing his trousers.

The officers then tried to arrest Pattison but he resisted and hurled abuse at one.

He had to be pushed to the ground to be arrested.

Pattison had previously admitted dangerous driving.

Recorder Michael Hayton, presiding, said Pattison had come across as “arrogant” in pre-sentence reports.

David Wales, mitigating, said his behaviour was “not out of anger or arrogance towards the police and the law but towards what was going to happen to him”.

Pattison was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Recorder Hayton told the court that pre-sentence reports stated that Pattison had been unwilling to do this, but he told him: “This is better than going to prison for nine months.”

Pattison was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and £1,000 in costs.

He was also banned from driving for one year.

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