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Danger driver jailed after 120mph police pursuit has sentence reduced

Patrick Campbell

A BANNED driver who led police on a 120mph chase has had the jail sentence he received for his criminal conduct reduced from 28 months to 20.

Patrick Raymond Campbell, 25, was sent to prison by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court last Friday.

Shocking dash-cam footage played during his sentencing hearing showed Campbell carrying out daring overtakes – and being involved in near misses – along the A685 between Tebay and Kirkby Stephen during a 12-mile pursuit on April 13 last year.

He admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen, having no insurance and obstructing police after the pursuit had ended.

Judge Peter Davies initially imposed a 28-month jail term for what he called “disgraceful and catastrophic” conduct behind the wheel of a Ford Mondeo.

However, the case was brought back to court this morning (THURS) at the request of Judge Davies under legislation which allows sentences to be altered within a specified time period.

The judge reduced the overall prison sentence to 20 months. Campbell, of Melrose Drive, St Helen Auckland, County Durham, attended today’s hearing over a video link from custody.

When released, he must serve a three-year driving ban and has been ordered to take an extended re-test.

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