[A] TEEN danger driver who led police on a high speed chase in and around Longtown was told by a judge: “You could have killed somebody.”
Adam Litke, 19, was double the legal cannabis drive limit during the risky daytime pursuit. This occurred just four days after Litke had been banned from the road for a previous drug-drive offence.
Carlisle Crown Court heard the teenager forced other drivers to stop on a Longtown street near shoppers before clocking 50mph on the late morning of December 17. As police gave chase he then reached 80mph on a main 60mph road before his “defective” Renault Clio was found in a ditch.
Litke commented: “I am going to prison. I am a disqualified driver.”
The teen, of Rayfield, Longtown, was sentenced at the crown court today (WED). He had previously admitted being over the drug-drive limit, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
A 12-month custodial sentence was suspended by Judge Peter Davies, who imposed 150 hours’ unpaid work, a rehabilitation requirement and a three-year driving ban. Litke must also take an extended re-test when the disqualification ends.
He was told by Judge Davies: “You are a fool and you are very lucky because you could be going to custody, and you could have killed somebody.”