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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: DRUG DRIVING CONVICTION FOR LOCAL MAN INVOLVED IN ST GEORGE’S VAN COLLISION

A Binstead man with a previous conviction for drink driving has been banned from the roads for 12 months after pleading guilty to drug driving following a crash in Newport earlier this year.

Lee Critchley, 40, of Broadway Crescent in Binstead, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court earlier today (Monday) charged with 1 count of drug driving – namely cannabis.

The court heard from the prosecution that on 5th May this year, Critchley was driving his blue Ford Focus ST along St George’s Way in Newport when a Suzuki Carry Van pulled out of Furlongs in front of him. Critchley’s Focus collided with the van forcing it to roll over, as previously reported by Island Echo.

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Police conducted a roadside test for both drink and drugs, with Critchley, formally of Brading, failing the drugs wipe. He was arrested and processed at Newport Police Station.

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Ann Smout, prosecuting, informed the court of Critchly’s previous conviction for drink driving dating back to 2006.

Defending, Oscar Vincent highlighted that his client had not consumed cannabis that day but had a residual amount in his system. Mr Vincent also highlighted that not only did Lee Critchley stay at the scene until Police arrived, but he helped tend to the driver of the Suzuki van.

Magistrates handed Critchley a 12-month driving ban and fined him £120, as well as ordering him to pay £85 costs with a £34 surcharge.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
5 months ago

Check his friends out. You’ll find half the drug supply to the island!

Smellysausage
Smellysausage
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

Hmmm wonder who this could be??? Pint of bitter anyone?

Smellysausage
Smellysausage
5 months ago

He won the race though!

She
She
5 months ago

Well done for doing the right thing
But the right thing really is no drugs no drink

The Dirty Bounder
The Dirty Bounder
5 months ago

Taking drugs is illegal, so no matter if weed was smoked a day earlier, IF we are gullible enough to beleive that anyway.

Having previous shows he has not learnt anything.

Needs jail and longer ban once out.

These are not decent people, as, if one kills your child, you only then will realise.

bob
bob
5 months ago

he pulled out in front of him so stoned or not surely that accident was the van drivers fault!

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson
Reply to  bob
5 months ago

I guess it might also depend on whether the Focus ST driver was speeding or not? By the looks of it this wasn’t just a slight knock, the van ended up on its side some distance from the junction. But, none of us were there presumably so we’re all just making assumptions. The one fact that does remain is that the Focus ST driver was driving around under the influence of drugs and has previous for driving under the influence of drink.

Smellysausage
Smellysausage
Reply to  Catherine Johnson
5 months ago

I was there and it was van drivers fault..but still having a spliff the day before has caused this to be aired on here… .1 over legal limit and your still prosecuted

Too lenient
Too lenient
5 months ago

As I have said before getting caught drink or drug driving should be automatic 10 year ban…. pointless fining him, as will just sell some drugs to pay it..

 

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