A 19-year-old Cromer man has had his license revoked for 18 months after being caught drug driving twice in little over a month.
He was originally stopped on February 11 and then stopped again on March 18 on his home street, while under investigation for the first offence.
Prosecuting, Victoria Bastock told Norwich Magistrates that the defendant was pulled over by police in Marsham at 2.45am where he failed a roadside drug swab.
While the blood tests returned positive results for cannabis and ketamine, they had not been handed to police at the time of his second offence five weeks later.
Ms Bastock told the court: “They noticed his pupils were wider than normal, and he informed officers he had smoked a spliff earlier that evening.
“Officers also found a coffee jar containing 12.61 grams of cannabis in the car. Blood samples were taken, showing he was over the legal limit. He told officers he thought his driving was fine.”
Mitigating for the man, Ian Fisher stated that his client had not fully understood he might be charged for drug driving after being released from custody in February, adding that he had only been “a fraction” over the limit on each occasion.
“If somebody gets a positive drug swipe they give them a blood test and release them under investigation,” he said. “At some time, the results come back.”
“It is clear he had a clouded notion of what released under investigation added up to. He knew for sure he hadn’t been charged with anything. Of course, the risk was he was going to end up being charged.
“These are not cases where it is said he was unfit to drive through drugs. It is a case where he was driving with drugs in his bloodstream.
“He has held his driving licence for about one year and he has never been in any kind of trouble before.”
Jean Bonnick, Chair of the Bench, told the defendant: “You know you shouldn’t drive when you have been taking drugs. You would have been told that the first time police stopped you. Hopefully, they told you cannabis stays in your system at least three days.
“Your employers may take a dim view of this. If you take drugs recreationally at the weekend it is still there on Monday.
“Think on before you take ketamine or cannabis in the future.”
After pleading guilty to drug driving, Magistrates banned him from the roads for 12 months for his offence in February, and 18 months for his offence in March, to run concurrently.
He was also ordered to pay fines and charges totalling £735.
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