Drug-driver was nearly three times over limit
AMAN who drove after taking cocaine has been hauled before the courts.
Darren Peter Green, 49, was slurring his words, unable to stay still, and had dilated pupils when he was stopped by police in his car on Park Green in Macclesfield, magistrates heard.
A roadside drug test showed he had nearly three times the legal driving limit of cocaine in his system.
And when Green, of Tytherington Drive, Macclesfield, underwent a blood test, it showed he had nearly 40 times the legal limit of chemical benzoylecgonine, a metabolite made by the body after taking cocaine which stays in the body for longer.
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said: “Officers stopped the defendant on Park Green and he was under the influence of substances.
“He was slurring his speech, unable to stay still, his eyes were dilated and he appeared sleepy.
“A roadside drug test tested positive for cocaine. A blood test showed 27 nanogrammes of cocaine in a litre of blood when the legal limit is 10, and 1,892 nanogrammes of benzoylecgonine when the legal limit is 50. Both are a controlled drug so there is a second charge.”
Defending, John Gallagher said: “This was a simple stop check. There was no inconsiderate driving, speeding or swerving in the road.”
He added that Green had pleaded guilty to two charges of drug driving both relating to the same incident, but questioned the need of the charge relating to the by-product.
He said: “There is another case coming up later when benzoylecgonine was present because the person had taken cocaine but a few days previously.
“In that case cocaine was not present but the by-product was.”
Magistrates fined Green £120, £85 court costs and £20 victim surcharge and banned him from driving for 40 months.
Chairman of the bench Virginia Platt said: “This is up from three years because of the high level of drugs in your system.”
Lauren Costello, district crown prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said it was a high reading for benzoylecgonine, adding: “He was charged with the two offences because the law creates separate offences for the active and the byproduct of cocaine.
“This is because cocaine metabolises very quickly and the by-product doesn’t, so placing two charges avoids someone seeming less influenced than they might have been at the time of driving.”
‘He was slurring his speech’