Driver 'six times drug limit after seaside stop', King's Lynn court told
A West Norfolk driver has been handed a 36-month ban for his second drug-driving conviction in three years.
Marcus West, 29, had more than six times the legal limit of cocaine in his system when he was stopped in Main Road, Brancaster, last year.
He was before Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to plead guilty to the offence.
The bench was told that he was seen by police to be driving erratically at 2.30am on August 19.
West was stopped and officers could immediately smell cannabis.
The defendant admitted he had some in his boxer shorts and that offence was dealt with separately.
West was arrested after failing a drug wipe and later gave a reading of 65 micrograms of cocaine per litre of blood in his system. The specified limit is ten.
The court was told he had a previous drug-driving conviction in 2019 so he stood to receive the mandatory minimum disqualification of three years.
Liz Symonds, mitigating, told the bench that she accepted there would be concern about the repeat offence.
She added: “He regrets that on this occasion he did take some cocaine. He was on the way back from dropping someone off. The car has since been sold.”
West, of Castle Cottages, Thornham, was also fined £600 and ordered to pay £85 costs plus a £60 victim surcharge.