Drug-driver was caught at four times the limit for cocaine

A motorist was caught four times the cocaine drug-drive limit after police spotted him driving while using his mobile phone.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 12:00 am
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 4:57 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard Sean Collins, 31, of Rolls Crescent, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, was seen by police while he appeared to be making a phone call while driving a Vauxhall Astra.

Emily King, prosecuting, said: “Officers on patrol identified the defendant driving a vehicle while using his mobile phone and he appeared to be making a call.

“Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the defendant failed to do so. The defendant pulled in but he drove off.

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Sheffield Magistrates' Court

“His vehicle details were circulated and he was stopped by others and failed a roadside test.”

The court heard Collins registered four times the specified drug-drive limit for the cocaine derivative benzoylecgonine after the incident in June on Thrybergh Hall Road, Rawmarsh.

Collins pleaded guilty to exceeding the drug-drive limit and admitted driving while using a mobile phone on Thrybergh Hall Road and failing to stop for police on Greenwood Road, Kilnhurst.

Tim Gaubert, defending, said Collins does have previous motoring matters but they are of some age.

Mr Gaubert added a ban will create difficulties because Collins is a carer for his auntie and he will struggle to get his son to nursery.

Collins had been out the night before, according to Mr Gaubert, and he had taken cocaine but thought he would have been okay to drive.

Magistrates fined Collins £150 and he must pay £45 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. He was also banned from driving for 22 months.