A DRUG driver caught while seven times over the cocaine limit has been banned from driving for 13 months.

William Rowley, 20, of The Street in Oaksey, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He was fined £350, ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge and disqualified from holding a driving licence for 13 months.

On Monday June 7, at around 1pm, officers stopped a red Vauxhall Corsa driven by Rowley on Silver Street in Minety. A drug swipe for cocaine tested positive so Rowley was arrested and taken to Melksham Police Station.

Blood tests showed he had more than seven times the limit of cocaine (Benzoylecgonine) in his system and Ketamin.

PC Michael Tryhorn, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “We can never stress enough the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs, both to the individual whose reactions and speed of thought are severely inhibited. and as a result to other road users.

“We will continue to police robustly those intent on driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and act on intelligence provided to us.

“If you are caught, you are facing a significant driving ban as well as a criminal record that could have some serious implications on your job, family and social life.”

To report suspected drug or drink driving, call 101. In an emergency call 999.