Drug-driver caught after illegal Horning rave loses licence

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A removal man has lost his job and driving licence after driving home from an illegal rave with a 'cocktail of drugs' in his system.

Aaron Smith, 20, from Church Road in Brockdish, pleaded guilty to driving on St Benets Road, Horning, on October 30 while under the influence of cocaine, ketamine, and ecstasy.

He had 65mcg of cocaine per litre of blood, 32mcg of ketamine per litre of blood, and 75mcg of ecstasy per litre of blood.

The legal limits are 10, 20 and 10 respectively.

Smith was disqualified for 28 months, fined £170 and given a 12-month community order to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

The 20-year-old was stopped in his BMW car by police and the court heard he was sweating profusely, slurring his speech and the pupils of his eyes were small.

Prosecuting, Oliver Haswell said Smith had a 'cocktail of drugs' in his system.

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Mr Haswell said the convictions had already kicked in for Smith as they had caused him to lose his job.

'He recognises he is wrong,' Mr Haswell added.

Defending himself, Smith said: 'I didn't feel too bad at the time. I know what I did was wrong.'

Probation officer John Rutherford said Smith, who lives with his parents, admitted taking cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine at weekends for between two and six years.

Mr Rutherford said: 'He has admitted it is a serious lapse in judgment.

'His remorse is genuine. He does not want to claim benefits and is adamant he will look for work straight away.'

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