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A drug-driving man has been jailed for 16 months after he was spotted in his car by a police officer who knew he was already banned from driving.

Officers pursued Grant Miller, 35, through Carlisle for two miles before having to abandon the chase, so dangerous was his driving.

He was witnessed breaking the speed limit, ignoring red lights, and driving on the wrong side of the road both by police and members of the public on November 9, 2016.

When police finally caught up with Miller was found to be over the legal limit for three illegal substances and also shown to be using cannabis and prescription drug Temazepam, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

Nick Cockerell, prosecuting, described how the officer approached the suspect, knowing him to be banned. He locked is doors and sped away as she approached, forcing her to jump out of the way of his vehicle.

“A police constable noticed the Volvo driving down Lorne Crescent, and turning right into Trafalgar Street, contravening a no entry sign, and passing through a red light on the wrong side of the road,” Mr Cockerell said.

Miller mounted the pavement on one occasion, forcing a pedestrian to leap to safety, as well as speeding past two secondary schools and other high-risk areas and was weaving in and out of traffic, only narrowly avoiding collisions with several other cars.

When Miller finally pulled open, he handed the keys to a nearby pedestrian declaring that he had not been driving.

Miller has several previous convictions, including dangerous driving, burglary, and robbery.

In mitigation, Greg Hoare told the court that Miller was suffering from genuine mental health issues, and had been diagnosed with PTSD after seeing domestic abuse against his mother from her partner when he was growing up. He went on to say how, in a pre-trial conference, Miller had described himself as “an empty shell”.

Mr Hoare also argued that the speed was not excessive during the pursuit and pointed out that no-one was in fact hurt.

After hearing Miller plead guilty to charges of dangerous driving and driving while disqualified, Recorder Philip Curran said that the only real option was custody, jailing him for 16 months and banning him from driving again for three years and seven-and-a-half months.

Miller will also have to pass an extended retest before being allowed back on the roads.

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