Drug driver caught as he went to collect mum from Tesco

A drug driver was stopped by police as he went to pick up his mum from the shops, magistrates in Mansfield have heard.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 4:04 pm

Callum Stevenson's silver Ford Focus was stopped on Main Street, Boughton, at 11.20am, on November 5, 2020 after police believed he was driving without a seat-belt, said prosecutor Neil Hollett.

He handed over two small bags of cannabis and one of cocaine and a blood test revealed he had 17.5mcgs of cannabis in his system when the specified limit is 2mcgs.

Stevenson last appeared in court in 2013, Mr Hollett said, but he has no convictions for similar offences.

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Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Morgan Hogarth, mitigating, said Stevenson woke up shortly beforehand and had been driving to give his mum a lift home from Tesco where she was shopping.

"He co-operated with the police," he said. "There was no cocaine in the reading. He hasn't committed similar offences and has a clean driving licence with no points.”

He began using cannabis to self-medicate after suffering a bad break-up last year.

His plans to move deeper into the countryside with his partner will be problematic after the inevitable ban, Mr Hogarth said.

"He is just above the limit,” he added. “He has stopped using cocaine ‘dead’ and has tailed off his cannabis use."

Stevenson, 26, of Manvers View, Boughton, admitted possession of the Class A and B drugs and driving with a controlled drug when he appeared in court, on Thursday.

He was fined £180, and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge, which will be deducted from his benefits.

He was disqualified for 15 months.

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