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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Cumbrian learner driver twice alcohol limit when he crashed

A learner driver has narrowly avoided jail for drink-driving – after he crashed into a sign.

Andrew Dunn, of The Gavels, Great Clifton, near Workington, admitted four separate driving offences – including dangerous driving – despite not yet having even passed his driving test.

The 19-year-old appeared before West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, where he was sentenced to a three-month jail term.

However, magistrates agreed to suspend the prison time for a year on the condition Dunn completes a 12-month supervision order and carries out 250 hours of unpaid work.

Magistrates said their sentence was due to the combination of poor driving – while an unsupervised learner driver – and while he was nearly twice the legal limit.

A spokesman from Cumbria police confirmed that the charges related to an incident on the A595 on May 23.

An off-duty police officer contacted the force at about 3.10am after spotting a suspected drink-driver in a VW Polo.

The police spokesman added: “The vehicle was involved in a road traffic collision at the Fell View roundabout when the driver collided with a ‘keep left’ sign. He caused damage to two sides of the roundabout, on the Wigton and Cockermouth sides.”

Dunn admitted drink-driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with his driving licence, driving without insurance and dangerous driving.

As well as the suspended sentence, magistrates disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driving licence for two years and ordered him to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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