Young drug driver had lock knife in his wal­let

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ADRUG driver was found to have a lock knife on him when he was stopped by po­lice.

Max Fredrick Si­mon Scott, 19, had four times the le­gal limit of co­caine in his blood when po­lice pulled him over on Ox­ford Road, Mac­cles­field.

He had been stopped for hav­ing a bro­ken tail­light but of­fi­cers smelled cannabis in the car.

He said he’d smoked it the night be­fore and a road­side drug test de­tected drugs in his sys­tem, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court heard.

He was ar­rested and a blood test at the po­lice sta­tion showed 46 nanogrammes of co­caine per millil­itre of blood, when the le­gal driv­ing limit is 10 nanogrammes.

The court heard he’d tried co­caine for the first time the week­end be­fore.

At the sta­tion of­fi­cers found a lock knife in his wal­let. He said it was for self de­fence be­cause he had been mugged in the past and didn’t think it was il­le­gal be­cause the blade was less than four inches.

But pros­e­cut­ing, Deb­bie Byrne said it is classed as an of­fen­sive weapon.

She said: “When book­ing him in at the sta­tion PC Buck­ley found a lock knife in his wal­let and he was ar­rested for pos­ses­sion.

“He said he had the knife for self de­fence and thought it was within the le­gal limit of four inches but in fact that doesn’t ap­ply.

“The knife is an of­fen­sive weapon be­cause the blade can lock into po­si­tion.”

Scott, of Cock Hall Lane in Sut­ton, pleaded guilty to driv­ing with more than the le­gal limit of co­caine and pos­sess­ing a blade in a pub­lic place on Novem­ber 19.

De­fend­ing Stephen Rodgers said: “He pleaded guilty to both of­fences at the first op­por­tu­nity.

“The ve­hi­cle was stopped due to a failed tail­light. It’s not sug­gested there was im­paired driv­ing. He had been of­fered co­caine for the first time on the pre­vi­ous week­end and it can stay in the sys­tem for a long time.

“He car­ried the knife for two years af­ter he was mugged while a col­lege stu­dent. He was threat­ened with a knife and that had a pro­found ef­fect on him.”

Scott was banned from driv­ing for 12 months and given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der with 150 hours un­paid work, £85 court costs and £60 vic­tim sur­charge.

Chair­man of the bench Denise Rankin said: “We know you’re work­ing on what hap­pened to you and hope you can put that be­hind you and start afresh with your life.”

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●● Max Scott

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