A MAN was warned by a judge he is facing a possible immediate prison term for a “bad piece of dangerous drunken driving”.

Leighton Paginton, 27, of Royal Oak Drive, Newport appeared before the city’s crown court for sentencing.

But his case had to be adjourned because no pre-sentence report had been ordered after the defendant pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop when required for a police officer.

The offences took place on East Dock Road, Newport on October 8 and he admitted them before magistrates last month.

The court heard how Paginton was not charged with drink driving despite failing a road side breath test.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “This young man is on the cusp of custody … All sentencing options remain open.”

Paginton was banned from driving on an interim basis and his sentence was adjourned until Friday so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared.

The prosecutor in the hearing was Gareth James and the defendant was represented by Ben Waters.

Paginton was granted conditional bail until Friday.