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Wisbech man Shane Harvey was drug-driving in King’s Lynn with eight-year-old son sat in back of van between two shopping trolleys

A drug-driver who was 16 times the limit had his young son in the back of a van sat between two shopping trolleys.

Shane Harvey, 39, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he admitted driving above the specified drug limit as well as carrying passengers in a way likely to cause danger.

The court heard from crown prosecutor Holly Postle, who said that on December 14 last year, police officers who were on patrol in Lynn decided to stop the van Harvey was driving on Clenchwarton Road.

Harvey was stopped on Clenchwarton Road in West Lynn. Picture: Google Maps
Harvey was stopped on Clenchwarton Road in West Lynn. Picture: Google Maps

Harvey, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, had a six-year-old child in the front of the van with him.

Officers then checked the back of the van and discovered an eight-year-old child sat in between two shopping trolleys without a seat or seatbelt.

Harvey provided a positive drug test result, and he was arrested and taken for further blood tests.

He provided an evidential reading of 800mcg of benzoylecgonine, a cocaine breakdown, per litre of blood. The legal limit to drive is 50mcg.

Harvey had previously committed a total of 51 offences.

He appeared unrepresented in court and told magistrates that he took the drugs as a “one night thing” and did not think he would still be over the limit.

“I shouldn’t have been carrying my son like that - it makes me feel sick when I think back to it,” Harvey said.

Magistrates disqualified Harvey, of Kinderley Road in Wisbech, from driving for 16 months, and fined him £120.

He will also pay a victim surcharge of £48 and court costs of £50.

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