Spliff-smoking drug-driver caught at Ipswich petrol station is banned from road

Cannabis cost driver his licence

Cannabis cost driver his licence - Credit: Archant

A cannabis-smoking driver who stopped to check the oil in his Mercedes at an Ipswich petrol station had admitted drug-driving.

Mustafa Dari was given a 12-month driving ban after appearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to the offence.

He also admitted possessing cannabis and driving with no insurance.

The 22-year-old was caught on December 16 at the Shell garage in London Road.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said officers arrived at the garage and could smell cannabis coming from Dari’s car.


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Dari admitted he had just smoked a spliff and was intending to drive the vehicle on his way home to Nightingale Road in north London.

The cannabis found on him was bought for around £5.

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A blood test showed he was just over the drug-driving limit.

Mr Ablett said there had been nothing to previously suggest the apprentice barber’s driving had been anything other than exemplary.

In addition to his ban Dari was fined £200 and must pay £85 costs as well as £20 to the victims’ fund.

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