Ipswich A12 and A14 drug-driver banned after being caught twice in 12 days

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Roadside drug test - Credit: Archant

A father-of-four has been banned from the road after being caught drug-driving twice within two weeks.

Jason White, of Felix Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty before the town’s magistrates to drug driving, possession of cannabis and having no MoT on March 2, and a further charge of drug-driving on March 14.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said the first batch of offences occurred at around 8pm on March 2 when police saw a VW Golf on the A12 at Copdock heading towards Ipswich.

The car was pulled over on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 at Wherstead as it was believed the vehicle did not have an MoT certificate.

White appeared to be under the influence of drugs and a swab was taken which gave a positive indication.

He also produced a small amount of herbal cannabis.

The results of a subsequent blood test showed he had 3.8 microgrammes of a cannabis derivative in his system. The legal limit is 2mcgs.

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The court heard that on March 14 the 32-year-old was stopped again at 12.50am due to the speed he was driving at on the A14 at Haughley. It was alleged his VW was travelling at 90mph in the 70mph limit.

White told the officer he had used cannabis the previous morning.

A blood test showed he had 6.3mcgs in his system.

Jo Paton, representing White, told the court: “He clearly is a cannabis user.”

White was said to have recently bought the VW and believed it had a valid MoT certificate.

After he was stopped on March 2 White was said to have taken the car to a garage for an MoT the following day and the VW passed the test.

It was also said White was likely to be dismissed from his job as a foreman for a house renovation business if he lost his licence, unless he could find a way around any ban.

White employs a number of people whom he collects in his vehicle to take them to work on properties.

Magistrates sentenced White to a 12-month community order with a 100-hour unpaid work requirement.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

In addition he was fined £150 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £85 to the victims’ fund.

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