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Driver 10 times over the limit for cocaine

A 23-year-old driver from Cirencester was found to be under the influence of nearly 10 times the threshold for cocaine and more than seven times the limit for ketamine.

Police stopped Jay Hales, of Cotswold Avenue, on April 25 while he was driving a VW Polo on the A417 at Ampney Crucis in Gloucestershire.

He was found to have 498 microgrammes of benzoylecgonine (a metabolyte of cocaine) per litre of blood - nearly 10 times the threshold of 50.

He also had 148 microgrammes of ketamine per litre of blood - more than seven times the threshold of 20.

Appearing before Cheltenham Magistrates Hales was ordered to pay almost £2,000 in fines, costs and compensation.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £300 and also ordered to pay £1,431 in compensation, £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

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