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Carlisle man jailed for flouting driving ban

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A CARLISLE man who frequently flouts driving bans has appeared before magistrates in the city.

Jason George O’Neil, 30, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle pleaded guilty to two-driving while disqualified offences and two-offences of having no car insurance.

Diane Jackson prosecuting at Carlisle Magistrates Court said, on January 17 he was recognised by police officers driving along Crosshill Drive and Inglewood Crescent, while already a disqualified driver.

Then on April 15 he was seen by police driving fast along Stonegarth, Morton, the Ford Mondeo he was driving was stopped on Wigton Road, District Judge Gerald Chalk was told the car belonged to his girlfriend, who sitting in the back of court today (THURS).

O’Neil had disqualified driving offences in 2008; 2010; 2016 and 2017.

John Smith defending said his client has a job as a roofer, there was no-bad driving involved, he is trying to turn his life around and is motivated to work.

Judge Chalk sent O’Neil to prison for 42-days for the offence on January 17, with 70-days for the offence on April 15, a total of 112-days in custody, there was no-separate penalty for the no insurance charges.

He was also disqualified from driving on his release from prison for a period of 18-months, with court costs of £128 to pay on release, the judge said prison was justified as he has an appalling record and deliberately ignores court orders.

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