Driver had no li­cence or in­surance and co­caine in his sys­tem

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

ADRIVER has been banned from the road af­ter be­ing caught be­hind the wheel on co­caine with no li­cence or in­surance.

Thomas Bradley, 37, was stopped by po­lice on Horse­shoe Drive in Mac­cles­field and of­fi­cers smelled al­co­hol on him, a court heard.

They did a road­side drugs test and he tested pos­i­tive for co­caine.

He was also found to be driv­ing with no li­cence and without any valid in­surance. Bradley, of De­lamere Drive, Mac­cles­field, was taken to the po­lice sta­tion where he un­der­went a blood test to show the level of drugs in his sys­tem.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Matthew Sid­dall said: “This was a sim­ple stop check by po­lice. Of­fi­cers smelled al­co­hol and he was sub­ject to the usual pro­ceed­ings and given a drugs wipe test which tested pos­i­tive for co­caine and ben­zoylec­go­nine, which is the by prod­uct of tak­ing co­caine.

“He said he’d had some ‘sniff’ last night and was taken to the po­lice sta­tion and had a blood sam­ple taken. The re­sult were 16 mi­cro­grammes of co­caine when the le­gal limit is 10 and for 800 mi­cro­grammes of ben­zoylec­go­nine.

“He has a record, in­clud­ing a fail­ure to pro­vide a spec­i­men, driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol and co­caine pos­ses­sion.”

Bradley pleaded guilty to driv­ing with co­caine and ben­zoylec­go­nine in his sys­tem and driv­ing without a li­cence or in­surance on April 13.

De­fend­ing, Robert Ste­wart said: “He made guilty pleas and com­plied with po­lice.

“There are no ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures. There was no sign he was driv­ing in­tox­i­cated, his driv­ing was not im­paired.

“He was pulled over for other mat­ters, for the driv­ing without in­surance and no li­cence.

“He had co­caine the night be­fore so­cially and went to bed but was wo­ken up by his girl­friend say­ing her sis­ter’s part­ner had been to the ad­dress and dam­aged his car.

“He went out to re­mon­strate with him, it’s some­thing he very much re­grets.

“He takes co­caine but had taken steps to stop.”

Mag­is­trates banned Bradley from driv­ing for three years.

He must pay a £120 fine for driv­ing with co­caine in his sys­tem, with no sep­a­rate penalty for the ben­zoylec­go­nine, £60 for driv­ing with no in­surance and £10 for hav­ing no li­cence.

He must pay £85 costs and £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Campaigners out­side the Black Swan in Lower Withing­ton

Thomas Bradley

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