Motorist crashed car while high on drugs

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A MOTORIST crashed his car into another vehicle while high on drugs – a day after he was stopped by police for the exact same offence.

Peterlee man Richard Hudson, 34, had just driven his Vauxhall Astra through traffic lights in Seaham when he collided with a stationary vehicle which was waiting at a red light.

Hudson was spoken to by police, who noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes looked glazed and red.

Although a road-side breath test proved negative, a blood test was carried out at the police station and the results showed he had quantities of cannabis and amphetamine in his system.

Debra Jones, prosecuting at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court. said during police interview Hudson made full admissions and said he had had two grammes of amphetamine and smoked four to five cannabis joints before the incident at the junction of Stockton Road and Seaton Lane.

Hudson, of Muncaster Mews, Peterlee, admitted driving while unfit through drugs on January 11.

The court heard that on April 4, Hudson appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court and admitted the same offence on January 10 and was banned from driving for 12 months.

“The day after he was stopped by police he has gone out and driven in the same condition”, said Mrs Jones.

Jaxon Taylor, mitigating, said: “It’s accepted by Mr Hudson that on the day in question he had consumed some amphetamine and smoked some cannabis.”

He said there was limited damage caused and he has now engaged with the Easington Substance Misuse Initiative and has a drugs counsellor.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Alan Lawson disqualified Hudson from driving for a further 40 months and fined him £100 with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.