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Police hit 88mph in pursuit of drink-driver on residential Workington roads

A COURT has heard how police hit almost 90mph on residential Workington roads in pursuit of a speeding drink-driver.

When Scott Foster, 29, initially stopped for police who realised his Renault Scenic was uninsured, at around 12-40am on October 4, his eyes were noted to be “glazed” and his speech “slurred”.

As a PC passenger got out of a patrol car, Foster sped off, travelling on the wrong side of tight and wet residential roads, “narrowly missing rows of parked cars”, Carlisle Crown Court was told today (THURS).

An advanced police driver hit a top speed of 88mph while chasing Foster, who stopped in a residential home car park and then “resisted” and “struggled” before being arrested. He failed a breath test.

Foster, of Mountain View, Harrington, later admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, drink-driving, failing to stop for a PC and having no insurance or MoT. The court heard he had clocked up his first dangerous driving conviction in 2002 aged just 12.

Karen Tunnacliffe, defending, said there was background information available about the defendant, adding: “What is crying out from the reports is this young man needs help, an awful lot of help and he hasn’t had it so far.”

Recorder Richard Archer adjourned the case for a psychiatric report. Foster was bailed and is due to be sentenced in early April.

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