Drug user tried to throw away 500 tablets when chased by police

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A DRUG user ran off from police and tried to throw away a bag containing 500 tranquillisers.

Paul Rowbotham claimed he took the tablets to help him sleep after he was caught by cops with the drugs.

The 22-year-old admitted he also planned to supply the pills to other people but was spared jail when he was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court.

The court was told how Rowbotham made off from police after officers saw him get out of a BMW car in Challoner Road, Hartlepool, on September 21 last year.

He threw the bag away but it was recovered and also had around £230 worth of cannabis in it.

The previous month he was arrested in Asda car park in Hartlepool with 35 of the tablets which he told police he needed to sleep

Rowbotham, of Jesmond Square, Hartlepool, admitted possession of class C and B drugs and possession of a class C drugs with intent to supply over the 500 temazepam pills.

Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said: “At the time he was a rather heavy user of both temazepam and cannabis. He instructs me at times he was taking up to 40 temazepam a day.”

He was given six months prison suspended for 18 months and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Peter Bowers said: “The aggravating feature here is after your arrest in August there you were a month later found with 500 tablets which you accept you were likely to supply.”