A drug driver who was previously caught drink driving has been handed a 3-year driving ban by the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court.
Daniel Bertagnon, 34, of Mews Lane in Newport, appeared before the court on Friday charged with drug driving – namely cannabis. He had previously been found guilty in his absence at an earlier hearing.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, explained to the court that Bertagnon had been stopped whilst driving between Ryde and Havenstreet as his vehicle – a Mercedes Vito van – flagged up as having no insurance. Officers then requested a roadside drugs wipe, which came back as positive for cannabis.
The court heard from the prosecution that the 34-year-old was convicted of drink driving in 2012.
Bertagnon, who was representing himself in court, said he made a ‘stupid mistake’. He explained that his job was based around driving, to which Magistrates replied ‘it won’t be for a while”.
Magistrates handed down a 3-year ban and a fine of £120, as well as ordering Daniel Bertagnon to pay £650 costs and a £34 surcharge.
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