Drug driver banned after being stopped in Peterborough

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A new driver caught nearly three times over the drug drive limit has been banned for a year.

Jack South (24), of Swallows Road, Peterborough, was caught driving on Eagle Way by police on March 8 this year.

Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Peterborough Magistrates' Court

He appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court today, where he admitted driving under the influence of drugs.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £213 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

The court was told police had pulled South over for a routine stop, when they noticed a strong smell of cannabis. They also saw a cannabis grinder in the car.

A blood test revealed he had 5.6 microgrammes of cannabis in his blood. The legal limit is 2 microgrammes.

South, defending himself, said: "I understand what I have done is wrong. I highly regret it. I've had my licence for just under a year."

Sentencing, Magistrate Mark Cross said: "Ten minutes of pleasure has created a lot of inconvenience, embarrasment and financial cost."