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Jail for tractor driver who spat at police and claimed he had Covid-19

A 32-year-old male driver has been handed a jail sentence for driving a tractor on a residential street in Carlisle in the UK.

According to News & Star, the banned driver also spat at police and told officers that he had Covid-19.

Barry Doswell appeared before Rickergate Court in recent days after coming to police’s attention in July last year.

Jail for tractor driver

Two police officers saw him at the wheel of the Massey Ferguson tractor in Balfour Road, near the Wigton Road junction.

Doswell leapt from the cab and ran off; however, police found him nearby, hiding behind a car on Windermere Road. The tractor had sustained £1,000 worth of damage to its ignition unit, according to the publication.

It was as an officer was taking him to a cell at the city’s Durranhill Police HQ that he came aggressive and spat at him, claiming he had Covid-19, the court heard.

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Doswell was known to police as three days earlier; he was arrested for further motoring offences – speeding and driving illegally on the M6.


The defendant, of Grinsdale, near Carlisle, admitted seven offences, including two counts of disqualified driving (one in the tractor and the other a Peugeot car on the M6 Motorway), taking the tractor without consent, assaulting a police officer, driving without valid insurance, riving with no proper driving licence and end exceeding the speed limit at Southwaite on the M6 northbound, reaching 94mph.

Jeff Smith, for Doswell, said the defendant’s behaviour while he was offending could be put down to his use of illicit drugs, the publication reported.

Doswell had become free of drugs after his recall to prison, revealed Mr Smith.

Explaining the tractor incident, Mr Smith said his client insisted he was not, in fact, the original taker of the Massey Ferguson.

The court heard the tractor was first taken by somebody else. Doswell had then taken the tractor from that person, the court heard.

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