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Drug driver gets 12-month ban

Worcester Editorial 29th Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN who was caught driving under the influence of drugs has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 12 months.

Keiran Sherlock, of Northfield Street, Worcester, was also ordered to pay £215 in fines, court costs and victim surcharges after he was found guilty of smoking cannabis before driving.

The incident happened about 1.20am on December 3 when the 30-year-old was driving a Ford Focus on The Tything and police stopped him for going too slowly.

On Friday (January 24) Worcester Magistrates Court heard Sherlock had smoked the class B drug about an hour and a half before driving back from St John’s, to his home address, and being stopped.

Police went and spoke to the defendant and noticed a smell of cannabis coming from the car.

Specialist officers were asked to attend the scene and, following a series of tests, they confirmed he was under the influence.

The court also heard Sherlock was taken to the station to do a blood test which came back positive.

Chair of the Bench, Lynne Brown, said: “You obviously have made a mistake and unfortunately you have to pay for that mistake, but you now know it should be one you never make again.”

Sherlock was fined £110, told to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.

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