In one of the highest readings ever seen by Hampshire police, a man has been banned from driving for three years after crashing his car on a motorway while 79 times the drug-drive limit.
At Basingstoke Magistrates, 34-year-old Lee Ainsworth, from Alton, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, and while unfit through drink or drugs.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire police said: “The court heard how Ainsworth was driving a Ford Focus when it collided into the back of a Jaguar on the M3, close to junction 6, shortly before 3.45pm on 28 April.
“The passenger of the Focus suffered a facial injury and was taken to the hospital. The male driver of the Jaguar and the female passenger suffered minor injuries.
She added that toxicology reports showed the amount of benzoylecgonine – the metabolised form of cocaine – in his system was 79 times over the specified concentration allowed while behind the wheel.
Ainsworth was given a 12-month community order, disqualified from driving for three years, and ordered to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £85 in costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
Christopher Pike of Hampshire Police said: “We were truly shocked when we received the test results.
“By getting behind the wheel that day, knowing how much he had taken, he showed total disregard for the lives of others, and it is sheer luck that no one was seriously hurt or killed.
“No level of drink or drug driving is acceptable, but this was on another scale to anything I have come across before and is one of the highest readings the force has seen
… The laws are there to protect people’s lives and drink or drug-driving is not worth the risk. The consequences can be fatal.”
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