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A 25-year-old electrician from the Fairstead Estate in Lynn was caught drug-driving in a works van.

Samual Ryder-Young could lose his job as a result of the mandatory driving ban, town magistrates heard on Thursday.

The court heard that he was stopped in a Vauxhall Astra van near the junction of Wootton Road and Beulah Street in Gaywood at about 9pm on December 1 last year.

Prosecutor Collette Harper said: “He exited the driver’s side and began to run off down the street.”

The driver failed a drugs test. (57695234)
The driver failed a drugs test. (57695234)

A police officer caught up with him, Mrs Harper said, and Ryder-Young admitted that he had been smoking cannabis earlier in the evening.

A drug wipe proved positive for the drug and he was arrested.

In custody he gave a sample which showed four micrograms of a cannabis body-breakdown product per litre of blood in his system – twice the limit of two.

Ryder-Young, of Persimmon, had no convictions before pleading to the drug-driving offence.

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (57695240)
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (57695240)

Andrew Cogan, mitigating, said his client had told him he was not running off but walking towards the passenger side of the police car.

The solicitor said: “The ban is clearly going to have a severe impact on him. He needs to drive and almost inevitably will lose his job.”

Ryder-Young was banned for 12 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

As he left the dock, he said it had been a “very expensive mistake”.

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