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