Driver banned following county's highest ever drug drive reading Date published: 15th February 2016 3.02pm

A man who was caught driving at more than ten times the drug drive limit has been banned from driving for 12 months.


Michael Mountford, 24, from Tunstall, was stopped by officers from Cheshire Police whilst driving on Liverpool Road East, Church Lawton,  at 1.00am on Tuesday 17 November 2015. After stopping the vehicle the officers noticed a strong smell of drugs in the vehicle and decided to conduct a roadside drug drive test, which showed positive for cannabis.


Mountford was arrested at the scene and transported to custody where further tests revealed that he had 29 µg/l of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Cannabis) in his blood, nearly 15 times the legal limit of 2 µg/l. He was formally charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a class B drug.


Mountford appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates on Wednesday 10th February 2016 where was banned from driving for 12 months, and fined more than £550.00 after pleading guilty to both offences.


Roads Policing Inspector Steve Griffiths said: “This is the worst ever case of drug driving that my team has ever dealt with, and had Mountford not been stopped by officers on that night then we could be dealing with a more serious incident.


“Not only did Mountford cause risk to himself, but he also posed a risk to other innocent road users who were driving on that night.


“The sheer quantity of drugs that were in his system severely impaired his driving ability, meaning that he would have been unable to respond appropriately to everyday driving hazards.”