Officers make Hertfordshire’s first drug driving arrest near Hitchin

Hertfordshire's first drug driving arrrest was carried out in Hitchin this week.

Hertfordshire's first drug driving arrrest was carried out in Hitchin this week. - Credit: Archant

Police in Hitchin made their first drug driving arrest in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Under new drug driving legislation intended to make it easier to catch and convict those suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, a car with three men was stopped on the B656 London Road near Hitchin at 3am on Wednesday.

After testing a 23-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City at the roadside, he was arrested on suspicion of being over the specified limit of illegal drugs after cocaine and cannabis was found in his system.

The man was bailed to appear at Stevenage Police Station in May pending further investigation.

The other men in the car, also from Welwyn Garden City, aged 20 and 23, were given formal warnings for possession of a controlled drug.


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Inspector Phil Bloor, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “My officers have not wasted anytime in putting the new the roadside drug tests to good use and tackling those who are suspected of drug driving.”

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