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Drug-driver 'taken to hospital after swallowing cocaine', King's Lynn court told

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A West Norfolk driver who was arrested for drug-driving fell ill after swallowing cocaine in custody.

Harvey Williams, 25, had to be taken to hospital after the attempt to avoid being found in possession of the class A drug.

He appeared before magistrates in Lynn on Thursday to plead guilty to two counts of drug-driving on the A10 at Fordham on March 18, 2021.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810735)

His solicitor, Alison Muir, said in mitigation: “He’s hugely aware of the effect of drugs because when he was at the police station he had a small amount of cocaine still in his possession that he consumed and had to be taken to hospital.”

The bench had earlier been told that there was an “overwhelming” smell of cannabis coming from the Mercedes which Williams was driving.

He failed a drug wipe and was arrested.

Prosecutor Collette Harper said: “A quantity of cannabis was seized, also a quantity of cocaine. He was released under investigation for these offences.”

A blood test in custody showed Williams was marginally over the legal limit for cocaine in his system and twice the limit for a cannabis breakdown product.

Miss Muir said: “Had he felt impaired in any way by the drugs he had taken, he would never have driven.

“It’s obviously an aggravating factor that there were two drugs in his system.”

“He instructs me that since this incident has occurred he has not partaken in any recreational drug use.”

Williams, of Regent Road, Downham, was disqualified from driving for 12 months on each charge, to run concurrently.

He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 costs, plus a £34 victim surcharge.

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