Drug-driver is banned from the road after she was caught by police on the M1 motorway

A drug-driver who was caught on the M1 motorway in Derbyshire over the limit for cannabis has been banned from the road for two years.

Thursday, 8th August 2019, 11:56 am

Chante Mia James, 21, had broken down on the M1, at Barlborough, on March 17, when she was caught by police, according to a Chesterfield magistrates’ court hearing.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said James originally provided false identification details to police before they found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and she failed a drug swipe.

James, of Dykes Hall Place, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to exceeding the drug-drive limit for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol after she registered 6.9 microgrammes of the drug per litre of blood when the legal limit is 2 microgrammes.

Pictured is the M1 motorway in Derbyshire.

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The defendant, who has a provisional driving licence, also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

Emma Eardley, defending, said James uses cannabis to help with anxiety.

Magistrates remitted the case for sentencing at Sheffield magistrates’ court where James was fined £150 on August 7 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

James was also banned from driving for two years.