Binge drinking driver jailed

Steven Lumsden, 30, of Swan Street, was jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no licence and failing to provide a specimen.

Steven Lumsden, 30, of Swan Street, was jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no licence and failing to provide a specimen.

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A BANNED driver’s car somersaulted into the grounds of a school when he lost control during a police chase.

Steven Lumsden had been driving home after a night out drinking with pals last September when police tried to pull him over.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old sped away, drove on the wrong side of the road, went through a red light, mounted a pavement and crashed into a lamppost before he reached Sandhill View School in Sunderland.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court: “The car struck railings at the Sandhill View school and did a somersault.

“It somersaulted over the school railings and landed back on its wheels inside the school grounds.”

Lumsden got out of the car and ran towards some bushes, where he was found unconscious and bleeding from a head wound.

He was taken to hospital where he refused to provide a specimen of blood to be analysed for alcohol content.

Lumsden, of Swan Street, Monkwearmouth, has convictions for more than 100 offences.

He had been banned from driving just three months before for other motoring offences.

Lumsden pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no licence and failing to provide a specimen.

Judge Brian Forster jailed him for 12 months.

The judge said: “These offences are bad. They caused the risk of extreme danger to members of the public.

“Anyone who drives in this way through residential areas commits a serious offence and the court can only impose a custodial sentence.”

Judge Forster banned Lumsden from the roads for three years and said he must pass an extended test before he can drive again.

Julian Smith, defending, said Lumsden has a problem with binge drinking and had been out with friends that night.

Mr Smith said: “He had too much to drink. Despite his intentions to limit his intake he became very intoxicated and the next thing he knew he was coming to in hospital.”

Mr Smith said Lumsden’s expressions of remorse for what he did that night are genuine.

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