Ipswich drug driver is banned after Ford Fiesta collided with fence

Roadside drug test

Roadside drug test - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich drug-driver has been disqualified from driving for 15 months after crashing into a fence.

Samuel Lockwood, of Harland Street, pleaded guilty before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving with a derivative of cannabis in his blood on November 20.

The 21-year-old had 3.5 milligrammes of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in his blood. The legal limit is two milligrammes.

Prosecutor Lucy Miller said police were called to a single-vehicle accident in Great Whip Street, Ipswich, after a Ford Fiesta had failed to negotiate a right-hand bend.

The car had knocked the metal gate of a fence off its hinges.

A roadside drug swab taken from Lockwood indicated positive for cannabis.

Lockwood told police he had been going to the shops when his car malfunctioned, causing the accident.

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Lockwood, representing himself, told the court he had smoked cannabis the previous night.

In addition to his ban, Lockwood was ordered to pay £305 in a fine and costs.

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