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Banned Carlisle driver jailed after being caught driving for 11th time

Lee Cooney

[A] DISQUALIFIED Carlisle driver has been locked up after being caught illegally behind the wheel for an 11th time.

Lee Christopher Cooney, 39, was seen by police as he committed his latest motoring misdemeanour in the city last November. He had driven a Vauxhall Vectra just two months after being banned from the road for six years for a similar offence.

Cooney was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI) having admitted seven crimes.

These included driving while disqualified and having no insurance; three failing to surrender charges; and, last October, handling stolen goods and heroin possession.

Cooney, previously of Chatsworth Square, Carlisle, was handed a 24-month jail term and another driving ban.

Judge Peter Davies heard the defendant had 124 offences on his criminal record, but had been given recent cause to reflect having survived a “brush with mortality” through emergency surgery.

“I am going to give you some further time to reflect,” said Judge Davies of the prison term. “I hope I don’t see you again.”

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