Martlesham drug-driver is banned after being found with cannabis derivative in his blood

Man convicted of drug-driving. Picture: Su Anderson

Man convicted of drug-driving. Picture: Su Anderson - Credit: Su Anderson

A drug-driver who regularly uses cannabis has been disqualified from driving for 12 months after being stopped by police.

Douglas Kemp, of Sorrell Walk, Martlesham, pleaded guilty before Ipswich magistrates to driving while above the legal limit for a specified controlled drug on April 7.

Prosecutor Lucy Miller said shortly before 8am a police officer acting on information stopped Kemp, 28, in his Ford Transit in Eagle Way, Martlesham.

Kemp confirmed to the officer he had used cannabis.

A subsequent drug test showed he had 8.6 microgrammes of a derivative of cannabis in his blood. The legal limit is 2mcgs.

Kemp, a self-employed gardener, told the court he was a regular user of cannabis and smokes it in the evenings.

He said he had trouble sleeping the previous night.

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In addition to his ban Kemp was fined £100. He must also pay £85 costs and £30 to the victims’ fund.