Drug driver banned after being caught with cannabis and cocaine in his system

A drug driver has been banned from the roads after he was caught behind the wheel whilst over-the-limit for both cannabis and cocaine.

Stephen Liddle failed a roadside saliva test after he was pulled over by police for driving his Vauxhall Astra at “excessive speed” down a street in Walker, Newcastle.

The 30-year-old was “surprised” when a subsequent blood sample proved he was over the limit for both cannabis and cocaine as he’d taken the latter two days earlier and assumed it was out of his system, a court heard.

However, he couldn’t dispute the test results and has now been banned from the roads after pleading guilty to two counts of driving whilst over the drug limit.

Ben Woodward, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said police first spotted Liddle, of Dalton Crescent, Byker, Newcastle, in his car on October 15 last year.

“Officers saw the defendant driving at excessive speed on Wharrier Street,” Mr Woodward added.

“He’s pulled over and his eyes are fixed and wide and he smelled strongly of cannabis.”

A roadside saliva test was conducted and Liddle was arrested after it came back positive.

A blood sample was later taken from Liddle at the police station, which revealed he was over-the-limit for the two drugs.

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