Kirton drug driver loses his licence for 12 months

Roadside drug test

Roadside drug test - Credit: Archant

A drug driver has been banned after being caught in Kesgrave while driving his 4x4 under the effects of cannabis.

Alex Jones, of Meadowlands, Kirton, near Felixstowe, pleaded guilty when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving a motor vehicle while above the specified drug limit.

The 31-year-old committed the offence on October 30.

Prosecutor David Bryant said a police officer in a marked vehicle saw Jones’ Suzuki Jimny and requested it to stop in Main Road, Kesgrave.

Jones was spoken to and an officer gave him a roadside drug test, which showed a positive reading.

A subsequent blood test showed Jones had 6.9microgrammes of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol – a derivative of cannabis - in his blood. The legal limit is 2mcgs.

District Judge David Noble disqualified Jones from driving for 12 months.

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He was also fined £250 and must pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.