Carlisle Man Given Suspended Sentence And Driving Disqualification After Dangerous Driving And Police Pursuit

A man from Carlisle has received a suspended sentence and driving disqualification following road traffic offences last year.

Jason Riley, from Hadrian’s Park, Carlisle appeared at court on March 26 in connection with failing to stop for police, driving a motor vehicle dangerously, two counts of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit and driving without third party insurance.

Back in May 2020 at 11:20pm, Riley was sighted travelling in excess of the speed limit in a van on Eastern Way, Carlisle by officers from the Mobile Support Group.

The van turned onto Durranhill Road where officers activated blue lights to stop the vehicle.

The van failed to stop and proceeded to speed off at up to 60mph along Durranhill Road back towards Warwick Road.

Riley then lost control of the Ford Transit as he turned back onto Warwick Road.

The pursuit came to a stop when he crashed his van into a lamp post.

Officers have quickly detained him and arrested him for driving a motor vehicle dangerously, failing to stop for police, no insurance and driving a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit of cocaine.

Riley has since received a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, three-month curfew, 56 hours unpaid work and 16 days of rehabilitation.

He has also been disqualified from driving for a period of three years.

PC 2499 Patterson said: “Riley was lucky that no one was seriously injured following his dangerous driving after failing to stop for officers.

“He drove at speed in a 30pmh zone and on the wrong side of the road putting other road users at risk.

“I hope this acts as a warning to others that you will be put before the courts and could face a prison sentence and be disqualified from driving.”