Driving ban and suspended sentence for BMW driver

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2018

St Albans Magistrates' Court

St Albans Magistrates' Court

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A BMW driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel after driving without due care and attention and while he had cocaine in his system.

Matthew Pugh, 27, of Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, admitted both offences when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on February 9.

He drove the silver BMW in Shenley on July 22 last year without due care and attention.

Pugh also had cocaine in his bloodstream, namely 61 microgrammes per litre of blood, exceeding the specified limit.

He has been banned from driving for 28 months.

Magistrates considered the offence to be especially serious because he was “under the influence of drugs and the significant impact of the accident”.

Pugh was given a jail sentence of four months, suspended for 12 months.

He must comply with a 12-month supervision period and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

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