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Swaffham drug-driver banned from getting behind the wheel for three years

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Police who received a tip-off about a suspected drug-driver stopped a Land Rover on the A47 near Swaffham.

William Clarke, 39, was found to be more than three times the limit for a breakdown product of cannabis.

He was banned from driving for three years on Thursday after magistrates in Lynn heard that he had a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2018.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53198073)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53198073)

Clarke, of Station Street, Swaffham, pleaded guilty to the drug-driving offence which happened on May 11.

He had 6.5 micrograms of the cannabis metabolite per litre of blood in his system. The specified limit is two.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client was a self-employed painter and decorator who took cannabis from time to time to deal with anxiety.

He added: “The cannabis was taken some time before – it’s the nature of the drug that it lingers [in the system].

“He’s going to find it very difficult to get to work now.”

As well as the ban, Clarke was fined £120 and ordered to pay £60 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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