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Whitehaven woman denies taxi “interference” allegation

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] FEMALE taxi passenger accused of causing the vehicle to crash by “grabbing the steering wheel” is to stand trial before a jury later this year.

Lucy Dobbin, 29, denied one charge when she appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON). This is an allegation of causing danger to road users by interfering with a motor vehicle.

It alleges that, on January 5 this year, Dobbin interfered with a Skoda Octavia “by grabbing the steering wheel while travelling as a passenger”, on the A595 at Whitehaven, “causing the vehicle to crash”.

In view of Dobbin’s not guilty plea, a trial – estimated to last up to two days – was listed. This is due to take place at the crown court in the week of August 13.

In the meantime Dobbin, of Westmorland Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, was granted unconditional bail by Recorder Julie Clemitson.

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