Driver's suspended sentence

PUBLISHED: 13:10 04 May 2007 | UPDATED: 20:01 01 June 2010

BRIAN Goodale, who drove dangerously in an attempt to get away from the police, was given a six-month suspended jail sentence this week. He had also been found guilty of driving when disqualified and without insurance. He was banned from driving for a yea

BRIAN Goodale, who drove dangerously in an attempt to get away from the police, was given a six-month suspended jail sentence this week.

He had also been found guilty of driving when disqualified and without insurance. He was banned from driving for a year, and must take an extended re-test.

Goodale, 39, of Dowgate Road, Leverington, had admitted possessing cannabis on January 10, and was fined £25 with £75 costs.

Fenland magistrates were told that Goodale drove dangerously and at speed. His route on January 10 took him along Walton Road, Waterlees Road and Lynn Road in Wisbech.

"This was not prolonged or persistent. In essence it was an attempt to avoid apprehension," his solicitor James McWhirter told the court. "He drove at excessive speed, it was deliberate, and there was a risk to other road users."

During the period of his suspended sentence, Goodale must carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. He will be supervised by the probation service and will be referred to the Think First course.

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