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Harlow man Lenny Brinkley given three year ban for drug-driving

Crime / Tue 7th Jun 2016 am30 07:44am

A DRUG driver has been disqualified from driving for three years.

Lenny Brinkley, 26, of Elizabeth Way, Harlow was arrested during a road safety operation in Harlow on March 24, 2016.

Officers stopped the Citroen Berlingo van in which he was travelling on Southern Way at 3.30pm after they spotted he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Officers suspected he may be under the influence of drugs and tested Brinkley with a roadside drugs test which tested positive for both cocaine and cannabis. A quantity of herbal cannabis was also discovered in the car.

Brinkley was later charged with drug driving and given a warning for cannabis possession.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on May 31, 2016 where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Brinkley was disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to complete an educational course about the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

He was also ordered to pay a £100 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Sgt David Rudd from the Casualty Reduction Unit said: “Drug driving risks and ruins lives. The new roadside drug testing kits mean we are better equipped than ever to detect drivers who put innocent road users at risk by getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs.

“My team is passionate about road policing and we will continue to work to make the roads of Essex safer for everyone who uses them.”

Essex Police will be supporting the NPCC’s Summer Anti-Drink and Drug Driving Campaign which launches on June 10 and runs until July 10.

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