A 52-year-old man has appeared at Ipswich Crown Court after being found to have 16-times the legal level of an illegal substance in his system when he was pulled over by police, before then leading them on a mile-long chase.
Daryl Tyler was originally stopped by officers in Bury St Edmunds for having a faulty light on his car.
While being questioned, Tyler became abusive and the officers requested a drug-testing kit be brought from the police station.
The court heard how Tyler asked if he was under arrest, and upon being told that he wasn’t but was also not free to go, he started his car and sped from the scene.
William Carter, prosecuting, then went on to describe how Tyler forced another car out the way by tailgating too closely before turning onto another road, reaching speeds of up to 50mph, overtaking, and forcing other vehicles to take evasive action.
Mr Carter described Tyler’s driving as “wholly inappropriate”, and the incident finally ended when he came to a halt outside a taxi office. He was arrested and was found to have 16 times the legal limit of Benzoylecgonine (BZE – a by-product of cocaine) in his system.
When officers interviewed Tyler, he believed he had not driven dangerously as he had not been in a collision.
Tyler had several previous motoring convictions, including one of reckless driving, and three for driving while disqualified. They all date back to the 1990s.
Mitigating, Roger Thomson stated that the chase only lasted a matter of minutes, that
his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had not appeared before the courts in 18 years.
Tyler pleaded guilty to drug-driving with the level of BZE in his system above the prescribed limit, and also to dangerous driving.
He will be sentenced later in the month.
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