Driver had ‘very dis­turb­ing’ level of crack co­caine in his sys­tem


Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­[email protected]­ @Imo­nan­oth­er­plan

A 34-year-old Der­byshire mo­torist was found to have a ‘very dis­turb­ing’ amount of crack-co­caine in his sys­tem when he was stopped by po­lice.

A court heard how David Bai­ley, of Ri­p­ley, was pulled over and swipe tested for the drug in High Hol­born Road, in Cod­nor.

It was dis­cov­ered that he was also unin­sured to drive the Toy­ota Aygo he was driv­ing and did not have a cor­rect li­cence.

Pros­e­cut­ing so­lic­i­tor John Cooper said: “Of­fi­cers stopped a black Toy­ota Aygo and spoke to the de­fen­dant and con­firmed he had no in­sur­ance and no li­cence.

“Due to the way he was be­hav­ing he did a drug test and reg­is­tered pos­i­tive for co­caine.”

Mr Cooper said a blood sam­ple given by Bai­ley, of Ash Crescent, re­vealed he was over the spec­i­fied drug-drive limit for co­caine and for the co­caine de­riv­a­tive Ben­zoylec­go­nine after the in­ci­dent.

District Judge An­drew Davison, sit­ting at Ch­ester­field Mag­is­trates’ Court, said: “It’s a very high and dis­turb­ing read­ing in re­spect of the crack co­caine.”

Bai­ley pleaded guilty to ex­ceed­ing the co­caine drug-drive limit, ex­ceed­ing the limit for co­caine de­riv­a­tive Ben­zoylec­go­nine, and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and a li­cence.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Kirsty Sar­gent said there was no sug­ges­tion of any bad driv­ing when Bai­ley was pulled over by the po­lice and he was fully com­pli­ant and co-op­er­a­tive. She said that Bai­ley’s cir­cum­stances have changed since the of­fences were com­mit­ted in July.

Ms Sar­gent said Bai­ley had been in an un­healthy re­la­tion­ship with an­other drug-user but the re­la­tion­ship had ended and he was see­ing drug-sup­port group Ad­dac­tion.

Bai­ley was sen­tenced to a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der with a Think­ing Skills Pro­gramme, a Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment and 120 hours of un­paid work. He was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for two years, fined £180 and must pay £85 costs and an £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

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