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Penrith drink-driver mounted pavement and careered into parked vehicles

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] DRINK-driver who crashed into four parked vehicles after mounting a pavement on a residential Penrith street has been sentenced.

Aaron Raymond Lawson, 27, also collided with a lamp post at Portland Place, returned to the road and then hitting a tree on the night of April 23.

Lawson left the scene despite the protests of two residents who urged him to stop, and who had to take avoiding action for their own safety as he drove away.

It had cost £2,000 alone to repair one of the vehicles damaged by Lawson, who refused to take a breath test after police caught up with him.

He admitted during an interview that his driving in a Volkswagen Polo had been “awful”, Carlisle Crown Court heard. His lawyer confirmed he had consumed “too much alcohol” before the incident.

Lawson, of Wordsworth Street, Penrith, admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath specimen.

After hearing mitigation, Judge James Adkin suspended a six-month prison term for a year. Lawson must complete a four-month night-time curfew and 100 hours’ unpaid work, was banned from driving for 18 months and must sit an extended re-test.

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