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Lakes danger driver told to complete court order or face prison

Carlisle Crown Cour

A LAKE District danger driver who flouted a crown court order has been told to complete his punishment – or face prison.

Shaun Paul Felton was sentenced by a judge earlier this year. Carlisle Crown Court heard how 32-year-old Felton hit 70mph on icy rural roads around Ullswater in early January, and performed a handbrake turn while travelling at speed.

Felton admitted four charges – including dangerous driving – and received a suspended prison sentence, plus a rehabilitation requirement, night-time curfew and unpaid work.

He was brought back to court, where he admitted breaching his order by failing to make himself available for the checking of electronic curfew monitoring equipment on two dates in July. Judge Peter Davies also heard Felton, of Friars Road, Penrith, had completed only 21 of the 150 unpaid work hours he was given, having been said to have prioritised paid work over the court orders.

Judge Davies opted not to activate the suspended sentence after hearing Felton was motivated to complete the community service – but imposed 30 extra hours and £300 costs, and requested monthly progress reports.

Warning Felton he faced jail if there were further failures to comply, Judge Davies stated: “This is an order of the court and you will do it. If you have problems doing it then woe betide you.”

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