Rogue Hartlepool motorist jailed for drug driving

A banned driver has been locked up after he was caught behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 8:22 pm

Leon Christopher Owens was imprisoned for 23 weeks by magistrates after admitting seven charges.

They included three separate counts of driving a Peugeot 307 car while under the influence of different drugs, which included cocaine, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, on April 19 last year.

Owens, 25, of Myers Avenue, Hartlepool, also admitted driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possessing cannabis on the same date.

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The Hartlepool case was heard at Teesside Magistrates Court, in Middlesbrough. Picture by FRANK REID

He additionally pleaded guilty to a seventh charge of failing to surrender to custody on March 26 this year.

Owens was jailed because of his “disregard for court orders” after Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told that he received similar convictions for drug driving and driving while disqualified in the town’s Jutland Road in 2019.

He was banned from driving for 36 months for his latest offences and also ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £420 prosecution costs.

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