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A 68-year-old man has been fined heavily and banned from driving after being caught drug driving while more than six times the legal limit for cocaine.

Norwich Magistrates also heard that man from Dereham was also caught with nearly five grams of the class A drug in his possession.

Police pulled the man over at 9.45am on May 9 after receiving a notification that his vehicle had no MOT.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett told the court: “When he was spoken to, officers thought he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and at the roadside tested positive for cannabis and cocaine. Also seized was a bag of white powder which was 4.7 grams of cocaine with a street value of just over £200.”

As well as being six-and-a-half times the legal drug driving limit for cocaine, he was also over the limit for cannabis – and his last conviction was for the production of cannabis in February 2017.

Mitigating, James Burrows said that a ban would have a “knock-on effect” on the man’s daughter, who relied on him for transport due to a heart condition and a pacemaker.

Mr Burrows went on to say “He is a retired gentleman,”

“In terms of his drug usage, he candidly tells me cannabis is something he has used for the vast part of his adult life, assisting him in more recent years with his joint pains.

“With regard to the cocaine he tells me he was introduced to this drug a few months ago, getting in with the wrong crowd and wrong people who recommended he try it. He tells me the arrest for drug driving was the kick that he needed to move himself away from misusing that drug.”

He went on to add that the pensioner, in fact, did have a valid MoT, but that the stop had been a “deeply costly experience”.

The probation service told the court in a pre-sentence report that he had justified his drug driving by saying “everyone does it, but just hasn’t been caught yet.”

They also said that he had continued to use cannabis and “had no intention to stop”.

In addition to the 18-month driving ban, Magistrates fined him £240 for the drug driving offences, £145 for possession of cocaine, plus costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £80.

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