A WORKINGTON danger driver who “put others at risk” as he flouted a host of road rules has been jailed.
Ryan Simpson, 40, forced two oncoming motorists to take evasive action, while only the alert reactions of a female pedestrian prevented her stepping out into the road at a crossing as he ran a red light.
Simpson’s bad behaviour behind the wheel in the town was witnessed by an off-duty police officer, who raised the alarm and gave a running commentary as he racked up a catalogue of crimes at around 6am on July 17.
Although Simpson sped out of view he was eventually detained by police who believed he was drunk. At a police station, Carlisle Crown Court heard, he was “barely able to stand, barely able to speak” and kept “falling asleep”.
Simpson, of Well Lane, Maryport, was sentenced today (FRI). He had admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, no insurance, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and a bail offence.
He had been banned from driving in six previous occasions, the court was told, and was subject to a suspended prison term for drugs trafficking crimes at the time of his latest illegal acts.
Simpson was jailed for two years, has to serve a three-year driving ban when released and must to pass an extended test. “You put others at risk that morning,” Recorder Julie Clemitson told him.