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Boston Magistrates Court has heard how a man was caught drug-driving in his Jaguar X-Type after being seen by police overtaking a lorry.

They stopped Arran Chambers, 27, at around 12.35 on November 18, said Marie Stace, prosecuting. “Officers could smell cannabis and Chambers’ pupils were dilated when he was stopped by police,” she said.

Chambers failed a roadside drug test, and further analysis revealed he had 7mg cannabis per litre of blood in his system. The legal limit is 2mg.

Mitigating, Carrie Simpson said her client was very remorseful.

“He did not think his driving was impaired. He said he had never used cannabis prior to a road traffic accident he was involved in 11 years ago where he suffered nerve damage and muscle wastage,” said Simpson.

“The accident was deemed a hit and run. He is still seeing a physician and undergoing operations including muscle grafts. He smokes cannabis to alleviate the pain, nothing else can help him.”

Pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs, Chambers was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay costs of £35 plus a £30 victim surcharge.