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Carlisle danger driver told he could receive prison sentence

Carlisle Crown Court

A MOTORIST caught with a cocaine breakdown product in his system after committing a dangerous driving crime in Carlisle has been warned he could now receive a prison sentence.

Carl Filby, 27, admitted three crimes when he appeared in front of a judge at the city’s crown court this morning (MON).

Filby pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in a Land Rover Freelander on roads, including Burgh Road and Newtown Road in Carlisle, on January 18 this year.

He also admitted driving without third party insurance on that date, and drug-driving having had the cocaine breakdown product, benzoylecgonine, in his system above the prescribed limit.

No specific details about the offences were outlined during the short hearing, although it emerged that a formal basis of plea submitted by Filby had been accepted by the prosecution.

“Mr Filby has remained out of trouble for some time now,” said his barrister, Colette Renton. “He has no previous convictions for driving matters.” However, he had served a prison sentence in the past for drug supply offending, she said.

Filby’s case was adjourned for the preparation of a probation service pre-sentence report. He was bailed, handed an interim driving ban and is due to receive his punishment at the crown court on September 7.

“All options are going to be in the court’s mind, including custody,” Filby, of Burn Street, Longtown, was told by the judge, Recorder Tom Gilbart. “Matters of dangerous driving are viewed seriously.”

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