Ipswich drug-driver is banned after cocaine found in her system

Roadside drug test

Roadside drug test - Credit: Archant

A drug-driver who had six times the legal limit of cocaine in her system has been banned from driving.

Karen Goold, of The Street, Rushmere St Andrew, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich, to driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the limit.

The 37-year-old committed the offence on January 13.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said Goold’s Nissan Qashqai was seen by police travelling along Woodbridge Road in Ipswich before being stopped in Colchester Road.

A roadside drug test was carried out which indicated a positive reading.


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A subsequent blood test showed Goold had 65 microgrammes of cocaine in her system. The legal limit is 10mcgs.

The second charge related to a cocaine derivative, Benzoylecgonine. Goold had 800 microgrammes in her blood. The legal limit is 50mcgs.

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Magistrates banned Goold from driving for 12 months and fined her £120.

She was also ordered to pay £50 costs and £30 to the victims’ fund.

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