A Stonehouse woman who was caught speeding in Stroud while under the influence of cocaine has been banned from driving for a year.
Karen Appleton, 40, of Kings Road, Stonehouse, took cocaine the day before driving her yellow Mini erratically in Folly Lane, Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
She was stopped by police for speeding around midnight on Friday, April 10, 2020 before failing a drug swab test, said prosecutor Caitlin Brown.
The prosecution went on to say she was taken into custody and found to have cocaine and its derivative, benzoylecgonine, in her blood, both of which exceeded the limits for driving.
“Appleton admitted to police that she had taken cocaine on the Thursday [April 9, 2020], but nothing prior to driving her car that evening,” said Ms Brown.
The court was told that Appleton had been banned from driving in December last year having had 12 penalty points endorsed on her driving licence.
Appleton pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while under the influence of drugs on April 10, 2020.
She said that she was sorry for her actions as she had not realised that the drugs stayed so long in her system.
Appleton added: “I’m guilty and I am prepared to take my punishment. However, I have stayed cleared of drugs ever since this incident.”
District Judge Nicholas Wattam told Appleton: “It’s a shame you were not dealt with this at the same time as your other motoring conviction in December, as this predates that offence.
“However you have pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated through drugs and there has to be a penalty.”
The judge disqualified Appleton from driving for a year, fined her £120, endorsed her licence and ordered her to pay court costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £32.