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King's Lynn drug-driver caught out by insurance check, court told

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A Lynn man fears he might lose his job following a drug-driving conviction.

Mark Drewery, 47, was stopped by police in the town’s Edward Benefer Way when the Ford Transit was showing as having no insurance.

Prosecutor Lesla Small told town magistrates today: “He admitted to having cannabis in his possession, which was dealt with by way of a street warning.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54300059)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54300059)

“Due to that disclosure, officers conducted a saliva [drug] wipe.”

That proved positive and Drewery was arrested.

A later test showed a reading of 5.3 micrograms of a cannabis breakdown product per litre of blood in his system. The legal limit is two.

Drewery pleaded guilty to drug-driving and having no insurance at about 7pm on July 1 last year.

Solicitor Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said her client - a heating engineer - was using cannabis at the time to alleviate stress.

“There’s a question mark over whether he will be able to continue with his position [due to the mandatory driving ban],” she added.

The insurance had lapsed due to an auto-renew issue, the court was told.

Drewery, of Burkett Street, was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £145 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence.

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