Newmarket man above legal limit for cannabis who moved car few hundred feet banned from driving

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Bury Magistrates Court ENGANL00120121025093615

A Newmarket man who was above the legal limit for cannabis was caught by police when he drove his car just a few hundred feet down the street.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that Richard Wade, of Sassoon Close, waited five hours after smoking cannabis on August 7 to move his car, an Audi A3, to a “safer” place as he was working the following day.

But whilst driving down Howard De Walden Way, he was stopped by police.

His was found to have 2.1 micrograms per litre of the drug in his system. The legal limit is two.

In mitigation, Malcolm Plummer said 27-year-old Wade was “unlucky” to be caught, and added no members of the public were at risk when he attempted move his car.

Wade pleaded guilty to driving a car with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £510.