Pembrokeshire drivers in court for drug-driving and speeding

The defendants were charged with drug-driving and speeding. Their cases were heard in at the magistrates' courts in Newport and Cwmbran.

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Here's a round-up of the cases. JOEL BLAIR, 22, of Steynton Road in Steynton, was caught driving on the motorway whilst high on cocaine.

Blair was driving an Audi A3 on the eastbound M4 at Newport on December 11. When tested, he recorded having 151 micrograms of benzoylecgonine - the main metabolite of cocaine - per litre (ug/L) of blood. The legal limit - to exclude accidental exposure - is 50ug/L.

Blair pleaded guilty to drug-driving at Newport Magistrates' Court on May 15. He was fined GBP500 and was ordered to pay a GBP200 surcharge and GBP85 in costs. Blair was also banned from driving for a year.

DANUT PETREA, 41, of Crundale, was clocked doing 26mph over the speed limit in an Audi A4. Petrea was driving at 76mph on the 50mph average speed limit eastbound M4 between junctions 28 and 27 on July 8. The defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined GBP366 at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court on May 24.

Petrea must pay GBP90 in costs and a surcharge of GBP146, and was also hit with six penalty points. MICHAEL RAYMOND, 42, of Llanddewi Velfrey, was caught speeding in the 50mph average speed limit on the M4 at Newport on October 8. Raymond was driving at 61mph in a Ford Mondeo on the westbound M4 between junction 24 and junction 28.

He pleaded guilty under the single justice procedure on May 8.

Raymond was fined GBP100 at Newport Magistrates' Court, and must also pay GBP90 in costs and a surcharge of GBP40.

He also had three points added to his licence.


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