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Watlington teenager caught drug-driving twice in a fortnight

A Watlington 19-year-old has been banned from the roads for 18 months for drug-driving twice in a fortnight.

Sam Mackelden was first pulled over by police in Downham at 1am on February 9 this year.

He was found to be over the specified limit for ketamine and a cannabis derivative.

Then on February 21, he was driving the Smart Roadster on the A10 at West Winch.

Magistrates in Lynn on Thursday were told that police stopped him knowing that he had been drug-driving in the same car earlier that month.

This time the labourer was marginally over the limit for cannabis.

Mackelden, of Britton Close, pleaded guilty to three counts of drug-driving.

In mitigation, solicitor Liz Symonds said her client, who passed his driving test almost two years ago, had "got into the wrong crowd" but had since disassociated himself from them.

"He tells me he didn't know [a drug] stays in the system. If he had, he wouldn't have driven," she added.

A character reference for Mackelden from the assistant district commissioner for the Scouts was read to the court.

For the first two offences, Mackelden was disqualified from driving for 18 months and fined £480.

And for the subsequent matter he was banned for 12 months, to run concurrently.

He also fined £240 for that offence and ordered to pay £145 costs and £72 victim surcharge.

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