Deverill Hudson, 48, of St John’s Road in Ryde, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Friday) facing 1 charge of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug over the specified limit.
The court heard that it was on 26th February that Police were called to reports of a single-vehicle collision, in which a BMW 3-series crashed into a tree at the side of the carriageway at Whippingham.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, detailed that officers arrived to find the keys on the driver’s seat, the vehicle’s airbags deployed and the car abandoned. A recovery agent had already arrived to remove the vehicle.
A roadside drugs wipe was carried out which indicated a positive result. Laboratory tests revealed a Benzoylecgonine reading of 546 ug/l – the limit being 50.
Defending, Henry Farley explained that his client had been run off the road by a tipper truck in the right-hand lane whilst travelling at around 10-15mph. It’s then that Hudson arranged the recovery of his vehicle and got into a friend’s car to continue on his way to work.
Mr Farley said that his client had been fully cooperative and returned to the scene after receiving a call from the Police control room.
The bench also heard from the defence that Hudson – a father of 2 – had consumed cocaine on the Wednesday night before the crash whilst watching football on television with a friend. By Saturday morning he felt fine to drive.
Magistrates questioned the legitimacy of the account stating “the reading is hugely above the limit for something apparently taken 2 days beforehand”. They also questioned as to why both the vehicle’s airbags deployed at 10-15mph.
Benzoylecgonine is detectable in your blood within 30 minutes of consuming cocaine and the amount will then rise gradually over the next 2-3 hours.
Deverill Hudson was handed a 12-month driving disqualification, fined £550 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £55 surcharge.
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