South Tyneside drug driver using 'special reasons defence' to try and limit punishment
A South Tyneside Nissan worker who has admitted driving while over the drug-drive limit is to mount a special defence in a bid to limit his punishment.
Phinn, of Marshall Wallis Road, also admitted driving without a licence and without insurance on the same day.
But his solicitor, Val Bell, said Phinn intended to mount a special reasons defence as to why he was at the wheel.
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Ms Bell told the court it would be based on her client’s claim he had driven only a short distance before police intervention.
A special reasons defence allows a court to apply discretion as to possible exceptional circumstances surrounding a driving conviction.
Phinn gave a blood sample reading for cocaine of 24mcg. The legal limit is 10mcg.
He also gave a reading of 800mcg for cocaine derivative BZE. The legal limit is 50mcg.
His hearing will take place at the same court on Friday, October 6.