Jamie Wilcox, a 27-year-old salesman from Gloucester, has been banned from the roads for 12 months after being caught speeding on the M5 while over the drug-driving limit.
Wilcox admitted to Cheltenham magistrates that he had taken cocaine the previous night but had not anticipated being called into work the following morning on December 16, when he was apprehended.
Police witnessed Wilcox driving at an average speed of 106mph between junctions 9 and 10 on the M5 not long after 8am. A blood test showed him to have 800mcg Benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of cocaine, in his system. The legal limit is 50mcg.
Mitigating on Wilcox’s behalf, Miguel Blanco stated that, with no previous convictions, his client showed “genuine remorse” for his actions, adding “This was an offence of ignorance rather than malice”.
“He had taken cocaine the night before and hadn’t expected to drive on Saturday. There was no evidence of serious impediment to his driving.
“A lot of people are ignorant that this stuff stays in their system,” Mr Blanco continued, adding “This loss of his licence will be life-changing…His income will be seriously slashed”. Wilcox will lose his job as a result of his loss of license.
“He is not a frequent drug user,” Mr Blanco concluded “but he has started to go to narcotics anonymous to avoid getting stuck in that rut,”
Mike Stayte, Chairman of the Bench, told him: “A moment of madness, and because of it, you have lost your job.”
After pleading guilty to drug-driving, Wilcox was banned from the roads for twelve months and ordered to pay costs and charges of £235.