Drug driver caught twice in two days

A Holyhead man caught driving under the influence of drugs twice in two days has been banned from driving.

Martin Lewis was arrested after testing positive for cocaine in a roadside swab test on the A55 at Gaerwen. He was taken to custody but later released on bail pending the results of further tests.

But the following day, Lewis was stopped again on London Road in Holyhead – and tested positive for both cocaine and cannabis.

Police said Lewis (37) of Gilbert Street, was over the legal limit on both days. He admitted two charges of driving under the influence of drugs and was disqualified for four and a half years.

PC Scott Martin from the Roads Policing Unit at North Wales Police said: ”Anyone driving while under the influence of drugs poses a serious threat to other motorists and members of the public.”

”The fact that Lewis was caught twice in such a short period demonstrates the risk he poses to other road users, and I am glad that thanks to this sentence, he will not be able to get behind the wheel for a considerable period of time.”

Caernarfon magistrates gave Lewis a three-month curfew and an electronic tag. He must also pay a total of £170 – including £75 in costs – and undergo a six month drug dependency treatment order and a 35 day thinking skills course.

PC Martin added: ”As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of road users we will continue to carry out proactive patrols to target those drivers who are known to pose a significant threat of causing risk or harm to both themselves and others.”

”We will also act on any intelligence or information provided to us by members of the public in relation to anyone who is believed to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

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