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Carlisle drink-driver fled crash scene

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A man who crashed his black Skoda City Go car into the metal railings on Hardwicke Circus in Carlisle in the earlier hours of April 14, has appeared before magistrates in Carlisle.

James Andrew Ord, 24, of Whiteclosegate, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The court was told how police were called to the scene and saw a man standing by the railings, when he noticed the police he ran away through the underpass and towards the town centre, officers shouted for him and stop, he lost his footing on the Eden river bank, but managed to get to safety with police officers help, at that point the court was told officers said they smelt alcohol on Ord’s breath.

He was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary as he lost consciousness, a blood sample was taken by a doctor, when this was checked by police the reading was not less than 167-milligram’s of alcohol in 100-militres of blood, this is over twice the legal limit of 80mg.

Mr Ord apologised to the court and said he only had a couple of pints with friends at a local pub, this was not his normal behaviour saying “he is a professional man”.

On passing sentence the magistrates said, he left the scene of the accident and was chased by police, these are aggravating factors in this case, he was disqualified from driving for 20-months, fined £400 with prosecution costs of £85 and a victims surcharge of £40, he was allowed to attend the drink-drivers rehabilitation course, which could reduce his ban by 20-weeks.

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