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Drug-driver spotted when his Mercedes lost power on A14 caught again in Cambridge a fortnight later

A man caught drug-driving twice in a fortnight has been disqualified from driving.

Alexander Mount, of The Paddocks, Earith, was assisted by police after the Mercedes C Class he was driving at about 12.30pm on September 20 lost power on the A14 at Bar Hill.

Cambridge Crown Court
Cambridge Crown Court

Officers suspected he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Mount admitted to police he had taken drugs the night before and provided a positive swipe for cocaine.

They found two bags of cocaine in his vehicle and four further bags in his underwear.

In custody he gave an evidential blood sample, which later showed no less than 800 micrograms of benzoylecgonine present in a litre of blood (ug/L). Benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite of cocaine, which is formed in the body after cocaine consumption – the legal limit is 50 ug/L.

It also showed a reading of 74 micrograms of cocaine – the legal limit is 10ug/L.

Then, on October 4 at about 2.50pm, police on patrol spotted Mount driving while on his mobile phone in Brooks Road, Cambridge.

He tested positive for cocaine and cannabis, and further drugs were found in his Volkswagen Golf.

In custody, tests showed he had 66 micrograms of cocaine and no less than 800 micrograms of benzoylecgonine in his body.

Mount pleaded at Cambridge Crown Court last Thursday (November 30) to two counts of driving while under the influence of drugs, possession of a class A and B drugs and driving while using a mobile phone. He was disqualified from driving for three years.

PC Chris Cooke, from the road policing team, said: “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect your driving in numerous ways, drastically increasing the risk of causing a collision.”

Visit the force’s website for more information about drink and drug driving, the law and the dangers it can cause.

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