Gedney Drove End drug driver quit job before ban
A Gedney Drove End motorist handed in his notice due to an impending drug-driving conviction.
Elliott Michael Doherty-Hazel’s solicitor told a court this was to avoid bring “shame” on his long-time employer.
Police stopped Doherty-Hazel’s BMW for a routine check and a drug wipe proved positive.
Following arrest, he was found to have three micrograms of a metabolite of cannabis per litre of blood. The specified limit is two.
The 28-year-old, of Wildfowlers Way, appeared before magistrates in King’s Lynn today (Thursday) to plead guilty to drug-driving at Nordelph in Norfolk on May 19.
Mitigating, solicitor Alan Wheetman said Doherty-Hazel had been stopped by police on the lookout for vehicles from outside the area following a spate of burglaries.
The defendant had been working as a driver for a firm for “some considerable time” but had quit in light of the court appearance.
“He didn’t want to bring shame on the company, knowing he was going to be banned today,” added Mr Wheetman. “He probably smokes more days a week than he abstains. He tells me he never has more than two spliffs on any one day.”
He told the bench: “A relationship breakdown all but broke this young man in front of you.”
Doherty-Hazel was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £120 and told to pay £30 victim surcharge.
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