Derbyshire drug-driver was caught with cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy in his system

A drug-driver was caught by police with cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy in his system.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th December 2018, 12:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 9:57 pm

Danny Alexander Nicholson, 19, of Eaton Bank, Little Eaton, Belper, was stopped by police on Derby Road, at Swanwick, according to a recent Chesterfield magistrates’ court hearing.

Prosecuting solicitor Neil Hollett said: “He was seen driving in the early hours about 4.50am, on Derby Road, at Swanwick, in a black Peugeot vehicle showing as having no insurance.

“And it was driving erratically and swerving across a white line and he was pulled over and his pupils were dilated.”

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Mr Hollett added that Nicholson was taken to a police station after the incident on October 14 and a blood sample revealed he had exceeded the drug-drive limit for cocaine, cannabis and for ecstasy.

Nicholson pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and to three drug-driving offences relating to excess amounts of cocaine, Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

Defence solicitor Rob Sowter said Nicholson has previously never been in trouble with the courts but he does have drug and mental health issues.

Magistrates who considered a probation report sentenced Nicholson on December 12 to a 12 month community order with a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement, a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 40 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Nicholson was also disqualified from driving for 20 months.