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Drug-driver was nearly six times the legal limit – but argued he was not speeding

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A drug-driver was nearly six times the legal limit when he was caught behind the wheel.When Shane Mayes, 47, was pulled over by the police on Lynnsport Way on August 3 last year, he had 295mcg of benzoylecgonine – a cocaine breakdown – per litre of blood in his system.The legal limit to drive is 50mcg.

Shane Mayes was nearly six times the drug-driving limit. Picture: iStock

An officer had guessed he was speeding, and Mayes consented to a roadside drug test.He appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to drug-driving. Mayes, of Smith Avenue in North Lynn, was disqualified from driving for 12 months.He will also pay a £120 fine, £48 victim surcharge and court costs of £55.Mitigating, duty solicitor Andrew Cogan said: “There is very little I can say apart from that Mr Mayes fully co-operated with the police.“Mr Mayes, in my submission, is justifiably frustrated at being stopped.” The solicitor said that while the police officer “may have thought there was a bit of speeding”, the defendant was insistent that he was not over the limit.“He was going off to see his mum having finished work – so not very far a drive,” Mr Cogan added.

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