Letchworth motorist who drove Mercedes down A1(M) while unfit through drugs is banned from the road

Traffic on the A1(M) near Stevenage. File photo.

Traffic on the A1(M) near Stevenage. File photo. - Credit: Archant

A motorist from Letchworth has been banned from the road after he admitted driving a Mercedes down the A1(M) while unfit through drugs.

Stevenage magistrates banned Marvin Bailey, of Common View, from driving for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to having had 5.8 micograms of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol – indicative of cannabis use – per litre of blood while driving a Mercedes C220 near Welwyn on October 10 last year.

The 22-year-old also admitted failing to appear at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on December 29 to answer bail.

Chairman of the bench Nick Attoe fined Bailey £300 for the drug-driving and £300 for failing to answer bail, and also ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £30 surcharge – making a total of £715.

It is illegal to drive with more than 2 micrograms of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood. Those convicted of doing so face a mandatory 12-month disqualification from the road.