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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Driver led Cumbria police on high-speed chase, rammed squad car

A woman driver led police on a near 100mph chase after staff at the pub where she had been drinking phoned them to say she was not fit to drive.

Lindsay Davison, 40, and her mother had been behaving “in a thoroughly obnoxious fashion” to staff at the Stoneybeck Inn at Bowscar, near Penrith, where they squabbled about who was going to pay for the Champagne they were drinking.

When they set off for their home up the A6 in High Hesket, seven miles away, the staff called the police because they were so worried about Davison driving in such a state.

When the police came up behind her car and tried to stop her, the court heard, Davison attempted to out-run them - hitting speeds of almost 100mph, driving over a stinger device placed in her path to deflate her tyres and at one stage even reversing into the police car chasing her.

At Carlisle Crown Court, a CCTV video showed Davison clearly drunk in the police custody suite, complaining of pain from what turned out to be a dislocated shoulder suffered as she struggled with the police who arrested her.

Davison pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and refusing to provide a specimen for alcohol analysis.

Her barrister Alison Whalley accepted that the offences were “very very bad” and that Davison’s behaviour had been “disgusting”.

But she said Davison and her mother were both “socially isolated”, living in the run-down old Cross Keys pub in High Hesket.

The night of the incident was the first time Davison’s mother had left the house for “many years”, she said.

Davison was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and banned from driving for 30 months.

She was also put under an electronically tagged curfew to keep her indoors at home from 7pm to 7am for the next four months, and ordered to attend eight sessions to address her abuse of alcohol.

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