A SIXTEEN-year-old danger driver went the wrong way around a major town road roundabout into the path of oncoming motorists — including a senior police detective.

At Carlisle’s youth court, a prosecutor outlined two separate incidents involving the Penrith teen less than five months apart.

On the late afternoon of November 23, he continued across a junction at Old London Road on a Keeway motorcycle.

Another driver was forced to brake excessively to avoid a collision.

“This caused the driver’s daughter, aged seven at the time, to sustain a minor neck injury,” said prosecutor George Shelley, “which has caused her to be out of school for a week because of the pain.”

The youth admitted failing to provide his name and address in the aftermath.

But a more serious incident unfolded on April 7 when police learned of a BMW car being seen “in suspicious circumstances” near Appleby.

The teen was driving and police began to follow.

As they approached a dual carriageway, the youth began driving erratically, tail-gating and braking hard.

He crossed on to red and white hatched markings, accelerated aggressively and was seen to both under- and overtake vehicles in the area of Kemplay roundabout.

There, he shot through a red light and drove the wrong way around Kemplay roundabout heading towards the A686 junction close to the Carleton Hall police headquarters.

“Other drivers were taking evasive action to avoid a collision,” said Mr Shelley. They included a detective superintendent who had just finished her shift.

“Police activated blue lights,” added Mr Shelley. “He failed to stop, driving away at high speed.”

Police arrested the youth the following day. He later admitted dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and no insurance.

A detailed report was provided by a youth offending team to magistrates who heard of the teen’s remorse. “He is not just remorseful because he is in trouble but because he realises what could have happened to other people,” said his lawyer, Chris Toms.

Mr Toms urged magistrates to impose the recommended community punishment. “It should be about making sure he gets in to the straight and narrow, and inhabitants of Penrith are not endangered; so we don’t see him later in this court or an adult court,” said Mr Toms.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month youth rehabilitation order comprising intensive supervision and surveillance; a three-month night time curfew; unpaid work; a road awareness training course; and a year’s driving ban.

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