Delivery driver found with cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy in his system crashed into HGV on A69

A delivery driver has been banned from the roads for three years after he crashed into an HGV while over the limit for three drugs. Stuart Thomson pulled out onto the A69 near Bardon Mill, in Northumberland, and straight into the path of a lorry in July last year. Despite the HGV driver sounding his horn, braking and swerving onto the opposite carriageway, a collision occurred between the two vehicles.

The emergency services were called and Thomson passed a roadside breath test for alcohol but failed a saliva test for drugs, a court was told. A blood sample later confirmed that the 27-year-old was over the limit for cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. Thomson, of Sunnyside Drive, in Glasgow, was due to attend North Tyneside Magistrates' Court in December last year but failed to show and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was finally detained by police this week and appeared at the court via video link from a police station.

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Now, Thomson has been fined ?360 and banned from the roads for three years after he pleaded guilty to three counts of driving while over the drug limit. Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said the HGV driver was travelling westbound on the A69 at around 7.15am on July 1 last year when Thomson pulled out on his nearside. She added: "The witness did brake, however, the defendant continued out on to the main carriageway, so the witness braked harder and sounded the horn on his vehicle.

"The witness swerved into the east carriageway but was unable to stop. His vehicle collided with the defendant's van." The court was told that Thomson admitted taking cocaine the night before but couldn't remember taking ecstasy, so assumed it must have been cut with the cocaine.

Mark Harrison, defending, said Thomson was from Scotland but was working in the North East on the day in question and had been on a work night out the previous evening. "He's a delivery driver by trade, so he will lose his job and wage," the solicitor added. "This is a reading from the morning-after-the-night-before, which we so often see with excess alcohol cases."

Thomson was also ordered to pay ?85 costs and a ?36 victim surcharge.

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