Co­caine driver was 79 times over limit when he crashed car

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

A DRUG-DRIVER was caught 79 times over the limit after tak­ing co­caine, po­lice have re­vealed.

Lee Ainsworth, 34, stunned of­fi­cers with his read­ings after driv­ing into the back of an S-type Jaguar while be­hind the wheel of a Ford Fo­cus in one of the worst cases of drug-driv­ing ever seen.

The crash, shortly be­fore 3.45pm on April 28, left the 68-year-old male driver of the Jaguar and his 63-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger with mi­nor in­juries.

A pas­sen­ger in Ainsworth’s car also suf­fered a fa­cial in­jury as a re­sult of the crash on the M3, close to junc­tion six.

Christo­pher Pike, of Hamp­shire Po­lice’s roads polic­ing unit, said: “We were truly shocked when we re­ceived the test re­sults.

“By get­ting be­hind the wheel that day, know­ing how much he had taken, he showed to­tal dis­re­gard for the lives of others and it is sheer luck that no one was se­ri­ously hurt or killed.

“No level of drink or drug driv­ing is ac­cept­able but this was on an­other scale to any­thing I have come across be­fore and is one of the high­est read­ings the force has seen.”

Bas­ingstoke Mag­is­trates’ Court heard tox­i­col­ogy tests re­vealed the amount of ben­zoylec­go­nine, a prod­uct of co­caine, in Ainsworth’s sys­tem was 79 times over the spec­i­fied con­cen­tra­tion al­lowed in law for that sub­stance.

Ainsworth ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion and driv­ing whilst un­fit to drive through drugs.

He was sen­tenced to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der, dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three years and or­dered to do 180 hours un­paid work.

He was also or­dered to pay £85 in costs and an £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

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