Dan­ger drug driver al­most hit po­lice car

Bangor Mail - - News -

A DAN­GER­OUS driver, who al­most hit a po­lice car, has had his sen­tence de­layed to al­low men­tal health re­ports to be car­ried out.

Ben­jamin Jukes, 37, ad­mit­ted two of­fences of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a con­trolled drug, dan­ger­ous driv­ing, pos­sess­ing cannabis and fail­ing to sur­ren­der to cus­tody at an ear­lier hear­ing.

He is also to be sen­tenced for an af­fray at Sta­tion Road, Llan­rug, on June 28 last year.

Jukes was to be sen­tenced at Mold Crown Court last Wed­nes­day, but an ap­pli­ca­tion by de­fence solic­i­tor Matthew Cur­tis to get more in­for­ma­tion about his men­tal health was al­lowed by Judge Rhys Row­lands.

He warned Jukes, of Chelm­s­ley Wood, Birm­ing­ham, not to read any­thing into the fact he was al­low­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Speak­ing to Jukes’ coun­sel Mr Cur­tis, he added: “The dan­ger­ous driv­ing alone has ex­ceeded the cus­tody thresh­old.”

Jukes was seen by mem­bers of the pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 7 last year driv­ing dan­ger­ously on roads be­tween Ban­gor and Caernar­fon, in­clud­ing the A487 Y Felin­heli by­pass.

Be­fore be­ing stopped he nar­rowly avoided hit­ting a po­lice ve­hi­cle.

He was ar­rested, his blood was tested and he was later found to be un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. He was also later charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing and posses­sion of cannabis.

The next day he was seen in his car on a grass verge on Ban­gor Road, Y Felin­heli, by po­lice and found to be in posses­sion of cannabis again.

Judge Row­lands de­layed his sen­tenc­ing un­til April 24.

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