Driver on drugs banned

PUBLISHED: 16:27 28 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010

CARL Bond had consumed enough drugs to impair his driving when he was caught behind the wheel of a car in High Barns at Ely. Officers spotted him driving a car with a broken window -- and when they tried to stop him, he accelerated away, driving on the pa

CARL Bond had consumed enough drugs to impair his driving when he was caught behind the wheel of a car in High Barns at Ely.

Officers spotted him driving a car with a broken window -- and when they tried to stop him, he accelerated away, driving on the pavement, city magistrates were told.

Bond, 24, formerly of Clay Way in Ely but currently serving an 18-month prison sentence, admitted driving while unfit through drugs, and driving without insurance or a licence.

The incident happened when police were carrying out automatic number plate recognition in Ely on January 6, said prosecutor Yetunde Fawehinmi.

When the police car put on its blue lights and sirens, Bond drove away, in an attempt to avoid officers. He was detained when he went to a property in New Barns Road. Forensic tests showed he had taken diazepam that would have affected his judgement..

Mitigating, Jacqui Baldwin said Bond denied mounting the pavement, but had driven past the police to visit a friend.

"He does accept he was over the appropriate level and was driving when unfit," she added.

Bond was banned from driving for three years and fined £150 with £80 costs. He will serve a seven day sentence instead of paying his fine.

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