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3 Years For Lorry Driver After Shocking Drugs Cocktail

It has been reported how a lorry driver, who fell asleep at the wheel after taking a cocktail of drugs, crashed into school bus causing horrific injuries to two students.

The court heard how the 18-tonne lorry was seen to drift across carriageways before smashing into the parked school bus, whilst children were being dropped off. One of the children was propelled the full length of the bus.

The diver as tested for drugs and as discovered to have four times the legal limit for cocaine, three times the legal limit for amphetamine and nine times the limit for cannabis. The test also revealed a further eight substances in his system including valium and temazepam.

The driver pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs. He was jailed for three years and disqualified from driving for five years.

The court also heard how the driver has previously served a 12-month disqualification for drink driving.

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Eighteen-Month Ban For Drug Driving Pensioner

A pensioner has been banned from the roads after being caught drug driving at more than six times the legal limit for cocaine, and was found with five grams of the drug in his possession.

Norwich Magistrates heard that police initially pulled him over at 9.45am, believing his car to not hold a valid MOT.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said: “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.”

The 68-year-old, who was convicted last February for producing cannabis, was found to be six-and-a-half times the limit for cocaine and also over the limit for cannabis.

James Burrow, speaking in mitigation, told the court that a driving ban would have a “knock-on effect” on the man’s daughter – due to a heart condition and a pacemaker she relied on her father for transport.

Mr Burrows continued: “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 described the stop as a”deeply costly experience” for his client, as it turned out he actually did have a valid MOT after all.

In a pre-sentence report presented to the court, the probation service said the man justified his drug driving by saying “everyone does it, but just hasn’t been caught yet”.

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

Magistrates banned him from driving for 18 months, imposed a fine of £240 for drug driving, £145 for possession, costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £80.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drink Driver Loses Licence and Dream Career

A 28-year-old man has lost his chance at pursuing his dream job of becoming a firefighter after being convicted of drink driving and receiving an 18-month ban.

Magistrates in Burnley heard that the company director crashed while drink driving and had to be cut from the wreckage of his car by the very service he wished to join.

The accident occurred at around 2am on Saturday 15th April outside the Anchor Inn, Salterforth, and the man was rushed to hospital in Preston, thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

Blood tests revealed him to have 170mg alcohol per 100ml blood. The legal limit is 80mg. He suffered a broken jaw and a broken eye socket.

Speaking for the prosecution, Carl Gaffney explained that the defendant had expressed his shame and remorse in a letter to the court as he entered his guilty plea.

“He is shocked by his behaviour and he fully takes on board the seriousness of what he has done. The consequences of this will prove a real challenge in the future.”

Selina Akhtar, mitigating, said that her client, with no previous convictions, had been out drinking and watching the Grand National with friends.

He had originally intended to walk home, but for some reason instead decided to drive.

“Thankfully it was a quiet time of night,” she said, adding: “It could have been a lot worse.”

Ms Akhtar also added that her client had wanted to become a fireman, but his conviction for drink driving would prevent him from doing so, thus causing him a great deal of upset.

“He has not had a drink of alcohol since this incident,” she said.

After pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving with excess alcohol, Magistrates banned the man from driving for 18 months, fined him £368 and ordered him to pay £85 costs.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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High-Speed Chase Results In Drug-Driver Rammed Off Road

A drug-driver who was chased at speeds of up to 100mph through Leeds after failing to stop when ordered has been jailed for twelve months – to be added on top of a six-year sentence he is already serving.

Robert Williams sped away from police officers when they tried to pull him over on the M621 slip road.

Prosecutor Robert Galley told the court how, high on cannabis at the time, Williams re-joined the motorway at speed before exiting and running through a red light, as well as others as the three-mile chase progressed.

Video footage also shows him overtaking other vehicles at speed, driving on the wrong side of the road, and forcing a pedestrian to leap to safety as he attempted to escape police at speeds of up to 100mph, including doing 90mph in a 40mph zone.

The pursuit came to an end when a police car deliberately collided with Williams’ car as he attempted to drive down the exit ramp of the A64. The car spun and he was arrested when it came to a halt. He was also found in possession of cannabis.

Williams’ solicitor Alan Armbrister described it as “a truly awful piece of driving”.

Williams started a 6-year jail sentence in December last year after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. He had previous convictions for possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cocaine, and driving while disqualified.

At the time of the chase in October last year, he was on bail awaiting sentencing on those charges.

Williams pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failure to stop, driving with drugs over the prescribed limit, and possession of cannabis.

Judge Simon Phillips QC banned Williams from driving for two years in addition to adding a further 12-months to his jail term. He will need to take an extended retest in order to get behind the wheel legally again.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver Caught Using Mobile Phone At The Wheel

A man has been convicted of drug driving by Kirklees Magistrates after he was caught driving while using his mobile phone.

Police officers saw the motorist using his phone on February 20 in Dewsbury and pulled him over before noticing the smell of cannabis coming from his Audi.

Andy Willis told the court for the prosecution: “He initially caught the attention of police because he was using his mobile at the time.

“The defendant was invited into the back of the police vehicle and while speaking to him they could smell cannabis coming from him.”

The man was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after a roadside drug swipe showed the presence of the class B drug in his system.

Subsequent blood tests showed the driver, who appeared in court in 2016 on possession charges, to have more than 7mcg D9-THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg.

Daniel Metcalfe, mitigating, explained that his client had been driving to see his daughter who was unwell.

“He had smoked cannabis in the morning and made the decision to drive the vehicle not feeling that he was impaired.

“The reason police were drawn to him was because he was fiddling with his mobile phone and not due to a poor standard of driving.”

The man pleaded guilty to drug driving and was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver Loses License And Job After Conviction

A motorist has lost his driving license and his job after being convicted of drug driving at Chesterfield Magistrates Court – because he was stopped for having a broken light.

Officers stopped the 28-year-old man in Alfreton because of a defective light and, they suspected, he was driving without insurance.

Prosecuting, Sarah Haslam told the court: “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.”

Defending the driver, John Wilford 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 went on to explain that his client will lose his job as a heating engineer in anticipation of a driving ban.

“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.”

After the man pleaded guilty to drug driving, Judge Andrew Davison described it as a sad incident, knowing the man would lose his employment.

Judge Davison banned the man from driving for 12 months and fined him £200 plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Three Year Ban For Drug Driving Teen Caught Twice After Passing Test

A teenager has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drug driving twice in as many months, with the first just days after he passed his driving test.

A police officer spotted the 19-year-old driving his Renault Clio “erratically” in Cambridge on August 9.

Following the defendant as he drove home, the officer finally pulled him over and said that on opening the driver’s side door it “smelt strongly of cannabis”.

The teenager failed a roadside drug test and police took him to Parkside police station for blood tests which showed him to have 6.8mcg cannabis per litre of blood. The legal limit for drug driving is 2mcg.

After he was released pending further enquiries, police then spotted him again a few weeks later on October 14. One of the officers recognised his vehicle as one he had seen driving erratically the previous night but had been unable to pursue him at the time.

Once again, the court heard that the defendant was stopped and officers could again smell cannabis as soon as the door was opened.

The young man failed another roadside drugs test but refused to provide a specimen for analysis.

PC Edd Davidson Smith said: “This case highlights that, unfortunately, there are still people who think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs.

“Those who do so risk not only their own lives but also those of any passengers and other road users.

“Driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol brings a much higher risk of a serious collision.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to drug driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Magistrates ordered him to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order as well as ordering him to pay £170 costs. He was also banned from driving for three years.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver In 100mph Chase Jailed

Leeds Crown Court has jailed a man for six months after he led police officers on a chase through Dewsbury at speeds of up to 100mph while driving under the influence of drugs.

The defendant, who was travelling with two passengers, was originally spotted by police as he changed direction while pulling out of a pub car park.

Officers attempted to pull him over and while he initially complied, he sped off as officers approached the vehicle.

Police pursued him at speeds of up to 100mph along Bradford Road towards Dewsbury but were forced to abandon the chase as he entered the town centre as a public safety precaution.

Shortly thereafter the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a lamppost.

With no injuries, the driver and his passengers fled the scene on foot, with police arresting the driver at Dewsbury railway station where he was found to be over the drug driving limit both for cannabis and cocaine.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said the actions were out of character for his client, a bricklayer, and were the result of his being made redundant earlier that day.

The man entered guilty pleas to three counts of drug driving, dangerous driving, and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to six months in prison.

Recorder Ian Harris told the man: “You put the public at risk, in my judgement substantial risk, of serious harm, perhaps even worse.

“Motor vehicles in the hands of drugged drivers are dangerous. The need for a deterrent and punitive sentence outweighs personal mitigation.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Ban For Drug Driver Caught Twice In Five Weeks

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.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver At Four Times Cocaine Limit Jailed

A man caught drug driving at 100mph while four times the legal limit for cocaine has been jailed at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The 21-year old was clocked speeding by officers regular speed checks. They pulled the man over and, on speaking to him, suspected he may have been under the influence of drugs.

Later tests showed that the man was over the drug driving limit for cannabis, and four times the legal limit for cocaine.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, explained: “He was stopped by Sgt Harris who was conducting speed checks on the A11 with a recorded speed of 100mph. When stopped and spoken to the officer had reason to believe he was under the influence of drugs.

“Two different types of drugs were found in his system, with cocaine at 380mcg in blood when the legal limit is 80, and cannabis at 3.2 when the legal limit is two.”

Sally Dale, mitigating for the defendant, said that the man “is no longer doing drugs at all” and had moved back home to live with his pregnant girlfriend.

“There was no indication there has been any criticism of the standard of driving,” said Ms Dale.

“There is no suggestion he was stopped for any other reason than he was speeding. There was no suggestion he was presenting as someone under the influence.

“To his credit, he has been totally up front and open with the police about this.

“He says he had a very heavy night the night before at a party and had consumed drugs as well as alcohol. After a few hours sleep, he gets up with the intention of going to the beach with his friends. On his way, he was following another car doing the same speed as him. He was not concentrating on his speed from that point of view but accepts he was the one stopped by police.

“He has now quit where he was living and working to move back home. He can get to and from work on a push bike.”

Aggravated by the speeding offence, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and Magistrates disqualified him for 25 months. They also bound him under a 12-month community order during which he must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay a victim surcharge and costs of £85 each.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07732 054827.

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