Alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine found in drivers’ systems

Drivers have been banned after testing positive for drink and drugs. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Drivers have been banned after testing positive for drink and drugs. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Five drink and drug-drivers have been banned from the road after being caught over the limit.

All pleaded guilty before magistrates in Ipswich on Monday.

Ryan Wardley, 32, of Orwell Gardens, Ipswich, was pulled over in Cherry Blossom Close at about 3.20pm on August 25 and caught with 8.63 grammes of cannabis.

Tests found 398mcg of cocaine metabolite and 5.4mcg of cannabis per litre of blood – the limits being 50mcg and 2mcg.

Wardley, who said he consumed the drugs in London four days earlier and thought his system was clean, was fined a total of £800 and banned for 23 months.

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Phillip Bowman, 28, of Yarmouth Road, Melton, was caught with 348mcg of cocaine metabolite in his blood and 48mcg of alcohol on his breath – the limit being 35mcg – after running from police on November 19.

When officers were called to reports of a domestic incident in Wickham Market, they arrived to find Bowman exiting his car.

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According to prosecutor Wayne Ablitt, he knew the test would be positive and chose to run.

Admitting the driving offences and resisting an officer, Bowman was banned for 16 months and given 50 hours of unpaid work.

Eleanor Williams, 35, had 92mcg of alcohol in her breath after crashing into a parked car as she drove home to York Road, Bury St Edmunds, on Christmas Day.

Mark Thompson, representing Williams, said she accepted responsibility but had “needed to escape” her parents’ home following a family argument.

She was banned for 23 months and fined £580.

Daniel Kitto, 25, of Bedford Road, Bury St Edmunds, was pulled over for a suspected tyre defect in Tollgate Lane at 6.10pm on September 30 and had 75mcg of ecstasy, in his blood – the limit being 10 – as well as 277mcg of cocaine metabolite and 47mcg of ketamine – the limit being 20.

Solicitor Shelley Drew said he took the drugs almost 24 hours before being pulled over and thought they had left his system.

He was handed 50 hours of unpaid work and a 16-month ban.

David Bray, 83, of Park Lane, Newmarket, was reported as a possible drink-driver by Tesco staff on December 5.

Later found at home, Bray gave a breath reading of 46mcg, having visited a Wetherspoons pub before returning home and then driving to the supermarket that evening.

He was banned for 12 months and fined £240.

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