Drug-driver caught by police in Fakenham, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A drug-driver was caught following a late night police stop in Fakenham.

Thomas Riley, 23, pleaded guilty to drug-driving and possession of cannabis when he appeared before magistrates in Lynn on Monday.

The court heard police stopped Riley on Hempton Road, Fakenham, shortly before 1am on February 11 this year.

Although officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis in his vehicle, Riley denied having any of the class B drug with him.

However, a grinder containing 0.61 grams of the drug was subsequently found.

A drug swab also proved positive and further tests showed Riley had five micrograms of the drug in a litre of his blood. The legal limit is two.

Mitigating solicitor Tim Bartlam said his client was an “occasional” drug user and regularly drove into Fakenham at night. He also provided a reference from Riley’s employer.

Riley, of Fakenham Road, Great Ryburgh, was fined £300 and banned from driving for 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the drug possession.