Teen banned from roads after being caught behind the wheel while over cocaine limit

Chester Magistrates' Court
Chester Magistrates' Court

A TEENAGER has been banned from driving for a year after he was found to have gone behind the wheel with cocaine in his system.

Matthew Wade, of Norley Road in Cuddington, appeared in Chester Magistrates’ Court on January 24 charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and two counts of drug driving.

The court heard the 18-year-old was found with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) and cocaine in his possession on October 2 of last year in Northwich.

On this date, he was driving along London Road in the town with both cocaine and benzoylecgonine (a cocaine breakdown product) in his system.

The court was told there were 32 microgrammes of cocaine per litre of his blood – more than three times the specified limit of 10 microgrammes.

There were 298 microgrammes of benzoylecgonine per litre of Wade’s blood, almost six times the specified limit of 50 microgrammes.

Magistrates took Wade’s guilty plea into account as they disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

He was also fined £180 and must pay £120 in court costs and a £72 surcharge.

The court ordered for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.