A Newcastle man caught drug driving twice in just over a month has been banned from the roads at North Tyneside Magistrates Court.
Police first pulled the man over on the A1 Northbound in Newcastle on February 4, said Lorna Rimell for the prosecution. He was found to be over the drug driving limit for cocaine and sentenced earlier this month.
He was then stopped again in the city’s Quayside area on March 12 while awaiting charges for his first offence.
Ms Rimell said that at around 2.20am: “Officers stopped the vehicle. They requested a specimen of saliva for drugs screening, which showed positive for cocaine.
“A blood sample was later taken, which gave a reading of 32 microgrammes of cocaine. The legal limit is 10.
The defendant has got a previous conviction for drug driving from February 4, so, I believe this case will carry the minimum three-year ban.”
John Williams, defending, told the court that the defendant had entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, also saying: “It’s unfortunate that the court didn’t know about this offence when they dealt with the last drug driving offence and they could have been dealt with together.
“I don’t think there’s any factors that increase the seriousness.”
Having pleaded guilty to drug driving, Magistrates banned him from driving for three years as well as imposing fines of £250 plus to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
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