Drug-driver banned

A 20-YEAR-OLD man is today beginning a one-year driving ban for drug-driving.Tom Auster, of Orwell Park, Nacton, was stopped by police for driving without headlights in foggy conditions in Woodbridge on August 9.

A 20-YEAR-OLD man is today beginning a one-year driving ban for drug-driving.

Tom Auster, of Orwell Park, Nacton, was stopped by police for driving without headlights in foggy conditions in Woodbridge on August 9.

He was also seen swerving from side to side down Grundisburgh Road and Hasketon Road.

Adele Cook, prosecuting, said the officer who stopped the Hyundai car was met with an "overwhelming smell of cannabis".


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Auster, who was described as "spaced out", was then arrested for driving while unfit. A quantity of cannabis was also seized.

His speech was said to be slurred and his eyes glazed and bloodshot.

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At South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, he pleaded guilty to the driving offence and also possessing the drug.

John Hughes, mitigating, said the crime was the equivalent to being just over the drink drive limit but added it was not an "exact science".

Bench chairman Dave Brennan imposed a £100 fine for driving while unfit and a further £30 fine for possessing the cannabis.

Auster was also ordered to pay £70 costs.

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