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Drug driver's conviction was 'wake-up call'

A Hampton Hargate man quit his heavy drugs habit after the “wake-up call” of a motoring conviction.
Peterborough Magistrates court
Photo: John Baker

Ryan Phillips, 23, failed a drug wipe after a collision in Soke Parkway, Peterborough.

Following his arrest, a test showed he had 4.4 microgrammes of a cannabis breakdown product per litre of blood in his system. The specified limit is two.

In interview, he told police that he stopped smoking cannabis two days before the accident following the offer of a job interview. He was on the way back from the interview when the crash happened.

Prosecutor Priscilla Afful-Mensah told the court that Phillips claimed he had been a heavy drugs user, costing him £30-£60 per day but the accident had been a wake-up call.

Phillips, of Salix Road, pleaded guilty to drug-driving.

In mitigation, he said: “I’ve come off everything.”

He added: “I apologise for my actions. I wish I was never in the situation to be under the influence.”

Phillips was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £395 and ordered to pay £180 in costs and surcharge.