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Terrington St Clement man accused of drug-driving claims he 'swallowed cocaine and ketamine after police stop', court told

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A West Norfolk man facing two drug-driving charges has claimed that he quickly swallowed cocaine and ketamine only after police had stopped him.

Joe Jary, 32, passed a roadside drug wipe but a blood test in custody showed him to be seven times the limit for both drugs.

At Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Jary pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in Mayflower Avenue, North Lynn, on March 8, 2021.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810348)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810348)

He denied two counts of drug-driving on the same occasion.

He admitted separate charges of possession of class B drugs ketamine and cannabis in Lynn on August 29.

Referring to the March 8 incident, prosecutor Collette Harper said Jary was stopped by officers due to the manner of his driving.

Cocaine was found during a search and he was arrested.

Despite a drug wipe proving negative, he was further arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs.

A blood sample later showed 361 micrograms of a cocaine breakdown product per litre of blood in his system (the legal limit being 50) and 144 micrograms of ketamine (legal limit 20).

Charlotte Winchester, mitigating, said: “Mr Jary is saying that, at the time of driving, there were no drugs in his system.

“When he was stopped, he panicked and consumed some of the drugs, which would explain the negative drug wipe and positive sample in the police station.”

The case was adjourned for trial on December 7 and Jary, of Lynn Road, Terrington St Clement, was granted unconditional bail to the next hearing.

Sentencing for the drugs possession matters will also be carried out then.

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