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West Cumbria danger driver breached suspended jail term

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] MAN has been ticked off by a judge after flouting a suspended jail term he received for dangerous driving on a West Cumbria coast road.

John Anthony Rumney, 22, was sentenced in October following a two-vehicle smash on the B5300 between Silloth and Maryport in late August.

Rumney had been behind the wheel of a defective Citroen which was on the wrong side of the road when it crashed into a vehicle containing a family of five in the early hours of August 27. Rumney fled the crash scene and was found by a police sniffer dog cowering on nearby grassland.

The female driver of the other vehicle escaped serious injury, but later stated: “I was angry that my family were put in such danger.”

Rumney admitted four motoring charges, including dangerous driving. He was given a suspended prison sentence at Carlisle Crown Court, and ordered to complete unpaid work and rehabilitation sessions.

But Rumney was returned to the court dock today (FRI), when he admitted failing to attend two appointments without good reason. He was said to have eventually attended an unpaid work induction but completed no more hours.

After hearing mitigation, Recorder Stephen Bedford ordered Rumney, of Eden Street, Silloth, to complete 30 additional unpaid work hours, and pay £150 costs.

“If you treat these requirements in future as you have treated them up to now you won’t be going out of that (front) door, you will be going out of that door behind you (into custody),” said Recorder Bedford.

“Don’t find yourself in this position again.”

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