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Motorist reversed down one-way street in Spalding when 16 times over drug-drive limit, court hears

By Spalding Reporter

Boston Magistrates Court.
Boston Magistrates Court.

A Long Sutton motorist who reversed down a one-way street when 16 times over the legal drugs limit has been banned from driving for a year.

Matthew Cousins (21). of John Swains Way, Long Sutton, admitted driving whilst under the influence of benzoylecgonine and cocaine when he appeared before Boston magistrates yesterday (Wednesday).

Boston Magistrates Court.
Boston Magistrates Court.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, told magistrates that police saw Cousins reversing his Volkswagen Golf in Double Street, Spalding, at midnight on Monday, June 25.

Cousins later failed a drugs test which showed a reading of 800 micrograms of benzoylecgonine, a substance associated with cocaine use, when the legal limit is 50.

He was also found to have 65 micrograms of cocaine in his blood system, the legal limit being just ten

Neil Sands, mitigating, said Cousins had been self-medicating with illegal drugs as he had been unsettled and did not get on with his prescribed medication.

Court news.
Court news.

Mr Sands added that Cousins had wanted to go and see a friend to talk about his difficulties and when he thought he saw him in Double Street, he reversed back up the one-way street.

According to Mr Sands, both of the drugs found in Cousins' blood system were the same as benzoylecgonine was what the body produced as it broke down the cocaine, while his cocaine reading was what the body had not yet processed.

Along with the ban, Cousins, who had no previous convictions, was ordered to pay a total of £195 in fines, costs and charges.

Court news.
Court news.


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