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Carlisle man’s 18-month jail term for “appalling” driving

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A CARLISLE danger-driver who pursued and “rammed” a van containing his former partner and their eight-week-old daughter has been jailed.

Glenn Amado Shields, 26, gave chase to the vehicle while behind the wheel of a black Range Rover on the early afternoon of December 16, having watched his ex-girlfriend get into a vehicle – driven by another male – with a baby he had yet to see.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Shields was “flying” as he travelled at speed – sometimes on the wrong side of residential city roads – during a five-mile half-hour incident which left his ex “terrified and petrified”. No injury was caused.

“She was not bothered about herself,” prosecutor James Preece told the court, “but scared for her daughter.”

Arrested and bailed, Shields – a dad-of-three who runs a Carlisle garage – then came to the attention of police again on February 1 in the Denton Holme area. As an officer tried to speak with him about an unrelated matter, he reversed his Range Rover at speed and collided with another vehicle belonging to him nearby before driving off.

He later admitted two counts of dangerous driving, and threatening to destroyed the property of his ex during the first incident. Of that first incident, his lawyer, Josh Bowker said: “He saw red and he accepts he reacted poorly.”

Shields, of Cant Crescent, Upperby, was jailed for 18 months today (MON) by Judge Peter Davies. He heard the defendant was subject to two community orders and a suspended prison sentence at the time of his latest offending.

“Thankfully no-one was injured, but no thanks to you,” Judge Davies told Shields. “These were appalling parts of driving.”

Shields must also serve a two-year driving ban when released, pass an extended re-test and was banned contacting his former partner for five years.

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