A man has been banned from the roads for over two years after being caught speeding while drug driving at four times the legal limit for cocaine.
Police stopped the 21-year-old’s VW Golf on the A11 and Wymondham as part of their speed checks where they had clocked his speed at 100mph.
Speaking to the driver, they suspected he may have been driving while under the influence of drugs, and later tests revealed that he was over four times the drug driving limit for cocaine, and over the limit for cannabis as well.
Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett told the bench at Norwich Magistrates Court: “He was stopped by Sgt Harris who was conducting speed checks on the A11 with a recorded speed of 100mph. When stopped and spoken to the officer had reason to believe he was under the influence of drugs.
“Two different types of drugs were found in his system, with cocaine at 380mcg in blood when the legal limit is 80, and cannabis at 3.2 when the legal limit is two.”
Mitigating for the defendant, Sally Dale said that her client had now moved back home to live with his pregnant girlfriend and “is no longer doing drugs at all”.
“There was no indication there has been any criticism of the standard of driving,” she told the court.
“There is no suggestion he was stopped for any other reason than he was speeding. There was no suggestion he was presenting as someone under the influence.
“To his credit, he has been totally up front and open with the police about this.
“He says he had a very heavy night the night before at a party and had consumed drugs as well as alcohol. After a few hours sleep, he gets up with the intention of going to the beach with his friends. On his way, he was following another car doing the same speed as him. He was not concentrating on his speed from that point of view but accepts he was the one stopped by police.
“He has now quit where he was living and working to move back home. He can get to and from work on a push bike.”
After pleading guilty to two counts of drug driving, aggravated by the speeding offence, Magistrates banned the man from the roads for 25 months, as well as imposing a 12-month community order with 120 hours unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.
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