Danger drug driver almost hit police car
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.