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Drug-driver cut up police car on King's Lynn roundabout

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A drug-driver chose the wrong vehicle to cut up at a busy Lynn interchange.

It was a police car which Atanas Hristev pulled in front of on the Hardwick roundabout.

The officers then stopped the Vauxhall Insignia on Constitution Hill.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (52753181)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (52753181)

“There were three occupants in the vehicle,” prosecutor Jacqui Dankyi told Lynn Magistrates’ court on Thursday. “Officers smelt the aroma of cannabis.”

Hristev gave a positive drug wipe and was arrested.

A test in custody showed he had seven micrograms of a cannabis metabolite per litre of blood in his system – three-and-a-half times the limit of two.

The 27-year-old defendant, of Norwich Road, Fakenham, pleaded guilty to drug-driving at about 9pm on April 9.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client was at risk of losing his job as a holiday homes cleaner due to the mandatory driving ban.

He said: “The Probation Service has gone a long way to helping the defendant. He doesn’t take cannabis any longer.”

Mr Sorrell added: “He did cut in front of another car, probably getting a bit too close, but it happened to be a police car.

“You might think that someone who is driving whilst impaired might think twice about doing such a thing.”

Hristev was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay £84 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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