Cocaine-fuelled Corby driver slapped with ban

He was seen snorting something off his hand before driving off

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:40 am

A Corby man has been banned from driving after getting behind the wheel having snorted drugs.

John Butler, 22, was slapped with the ban after he was caught in a car park in School Lane, Kettering, on August 3 last year.

On Thursday (January 30) the Bosch worker admitted two counts of drug-driving, relating to the same incident, after he provided a positive test for cocaine and benzoylecgonine, a bi-product of cocaine.

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Northampton Magistrates' Court

The cocaine limit is 10mcg of drug per litre of blood. Butler's test gave a reading of 12mcg. The benzoylecgonine limit is 50mcg of drug per litre of blood. Butler's test gave a reading of 701mcg.

At Northampton Magistrates' Court prosecutor Stella Moses said Butler, of Gainsborough Road, was seen on CCTV and appeared to be snorting something off his hand before driving off.

Mitigating, Ben Brown said Butler was 'very remorseful'.

He said: "He had been for a night out and he had consumed some cocaine.

"He fully co-operated with police and has never been in trouble before."

Sentencing, chairman of the bench Mignon French said: "We are well aware that if someone has drugs in their system their cognition is not going to be as good [as if they didn't have drugs in their system].

"This has to stop."

Butler was banned from the roads of 12 months and fined £300.

He must pay costs of £85 and a surcharge to fund victim services of £32.