Two-year ban for driver with cannabis and ecstasy in system

More people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving than drink driving in Essex Picture: ARC

More people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving than drink driving in Essex Picture: ARCHANT

A man caught driving with cannabis and ecstasy in his system has been banned from the road for two years.

Lewis Tanner was also driving his Ford Fiesta without a valid MoT certificate when stopped by police in Bridge Street, Ipswich, on June 4.

Subsequent tests found the 27-year-old had been driving with 10 microgrammes of cannabis derivative Delta-9-THC and 12mcg of MDMA in his blood - the respective limits being 2mcg and 10mcg.

On Monday, Tanner admitted two counts of drug-driving and one count of driving without a valid test certificate at Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

The court heard he had 17 previous convictions for mainly drug-related offences.

Declan Gallagher, mitigating, said there was no suggestion of impairment to Tanner's driving at the time of the offences.

Tanner, of Pageant Place, Framlingham, was fined a total of £280 and banned from driving for two years.