Man caught drug driving is banned from road

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street

Barry Woollard was banned from driving for 12 months - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A Suffolk man caught drug driving by police following a routine stop has been banned from driving for 12 months. 

Barry Woollard, 35, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a single charge of drug driving on March 8 this year. 

The court heard that Woollard, of Exning Road, Newmarket, was stopped around 1.50pm on Skeaping Close, Newmarket, by officers during a routine check. 

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, said there was nothing wrong with the manner of Woollard's driving. 

Following the stop, officers smelt cannabis on Woollard and he failed a roadside drug test. 

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Following analysis, it was discovered Woollard had 7.7micrograms of cannabis constituent  delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in his blood. The legal limit is 2ug/L. 

Woollard, who was not represented in court, apologised to magistrates for his actions and said he had been smoking cannabis at the time due to the anniversary of a family bereavement. 

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He was fined £439 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. 

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