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Manea driver says he's learned his lesson after drug driving ban

A plant operator from Manea has been banned from driving for 12 months for drug-driving.

James Eagle, 23, was pulled over by police and found to be two-and-half times the limit for a cannabis metabolite.

King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that officers suspected Eagle of trying to accelerate away from them in Upwell. He turned into Small Lode and was stopped in Churchfield Road.

King's Lynn Magistrates'Court (29223729)
King's Lynn Magistrates'Court (29223729)

Prosecutor Eleanor Sheerin told the bench that Eagle got out of the Volkswagen Bora and approached the police car.

“His eyes appeared bloodshot and his pupils were quite constricted,” she added.

The 23-year-old failed a roadside drug wipe and was arrested. A test in custody showed five micrograms of a cannabis metabolite per litre of blood. The legal limit is two.

Eagle, who was not represented in court, pleaded guilty to drug-driving on August 30 last year.

He said he had smoked cannabis the weekend before being stopped, adding: “The impact (of the ban) is going to be massive on me.

“I shouldn’t have been driving when I was over the limit. I won’t do it again – I’ve learned my lesson.”

As well as the ban, Eagle, of Wisbech Road, was fined £450 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £45 victim surcharge.

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