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Stow Bardolph bricklayer Daniel Scoley in King’s Lynn court after drug-driving offence





A bricklayer who took to the roads after “social use” of cocaine was found out after someone crashed into him.

Daniel Scoley, 32, of Stow Bridge Road in Stow Bardolph, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to drug-driving, having committed the offence on June 22 last year.

Daniel Scoley took cocaine before driving, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday. Picture: iStock
Daniel Scoley took cocaine before driving, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday. Picture: iStock

Crown prosecutor Asif Akram told the court that on that date, Scoley was involved in a crash on the A143 at Tottenhill. He was stationary at the time, and was hit by another driver.

Police attended the scene, and upon conducting roadside tests, Scoley returned a positive drugs result.

He was arrested and taken to hospital, where tests revealed he had 50mcg of Benzoylecgonine – the major metabolite of cocaine – per litre of blood in his system. This exceeded the legal limit to drive of 50mcg.

In mitigation, solicitor Ruth Johnson said that Scoley is a self-employed bricklayer – a job which takes him “here, there and everywhere”.

She therefore told magistrates that a mandatory driving disqualification will have a “massive impact” on the defendant.

“He assures me that cocaine is not something that is an issue – it was more for social use on this particular occasion,” Ms Johnson added.

“He is doing well as far as work is concerned.”

Magistrates proceeded to ban Scoley from driving for 12 months.

He will also pay a £500 fine, £200 victim surcharge and £105 in legal costs.



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