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Carlisle motorist jailed for “disgraceful” driving during high-speed police chase

[A] DANGER driver was jailed by a judge who branded his criminal conduct behind the wheel in Carlisle “disgraceful”.

Ricky Lee Wayne Murphy, 21, flouted a raft of road rules as he led police on a 10-minute high speed pursuit along residential city roads. He reached double the 30mph limit, forced other motorists to take evasive action, took mini-roundabouts the wrong way and mounted kerbs.

Carlisle Crown Court heard objects were even thrown at police vehicles from the windows of a Ford Fiesta he had borrowed – despite never having owned a driving licence.

Officers called off their chase as Murphy, of no fixed abode, ploughed through a cloud of building site dust at Creighton Avenue – but arrested him minutes later after he had abandoned the vehicle.

Recorder Sarah Johnston jailed Murphy for 12 months. He had admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and, the court heard, had a previous police chase on his record.

Recorder Johnston also imposed a two-year motoring ban, calling his driving “disgraceful” and saying: “You are a menace behind the wheel of a car.”

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