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Magistrates in Chesterfield have heard how a drug driver was caught, and has now lost his job, after he was stopped for having a defective light.

The 28-year-old man was stopped in Alfreton because of the light, and after the officers’ suspicions were raised, he then failed a roadside drug test.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said: “He had joined the A38 northbound carriageway in Alfreton on March 13 in a VW Golf.

“There was a defective light and an error showed he had no insurance but it was later established there was insurance but after police stopped him they suspected he was under the influence of drugs.

“He failed a roadside test and gave a blood sample at the police station of 3.3mcg of cannabis in blood and the legal limit is 2mcg. So he was just over one-and-half times the legal limit.”

The man pleaded guilty to drug driving, with the amount of cannabis in his system exceeding the specified limit.

John Wilford, defending the driver, said: “It’s a lesson for him because it will have a great effect on him.

“He accepts smoking cannabis and the only reason he does so is for a back problem.

“He had smoked in the early hours and did not realise it would still be in his system.”

Mr Wilford continued by saying that his client is a heating engineer and will lose his job as a result of his expected ban for the offence.

“He’s very remorseful about what occurred and he understands what he has done is wrong and he’s got to take the consequences and make the most of the period he is to be disqualified for.”

District Judge Andrew Davison said it was a sad incident, knowing the driver would inevitably lose his employment as a result of the drug driving ban.

The Judge fined him £200 as well as ordering him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge in addition to a 12-month drug driving ban.

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