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Man’s “astonishingly dangerous driving” between Penrith and Kendal

[A] JUDGE has told a man who led police on a night-time chase up and down Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District that his driving was “astonishingly dangerous”.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 26-year-old Bernard Joseph Ward, 26, travelled through red lights and at high speeds on roads including the A592 and A591 in the early hours of 13th June.

Behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Passat, Ward also failed to display headlights during a pursuit which unfolded between Penrith and Kendal.

Part of his route included the notorious Kirkstone Pass – which is said to be the highest Lakes pass open to motor traffic.

Today (MON) Ward pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving when he appeared at the crown court before Judge Peter Davies.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of background information.

Ward, of Gas Street, Platt Bridge, near Wigan, was said to have been living in Penrith at the time of the offence. He will be sentenced next Monday, and was bailed in the meantime.

But he was warned by Judge Davies, who imposed an interim driving ban: “You must expect a custodial sentence for that astonishingly dangerous driving.”

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