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Man caught nine times over drug drive limit with child in car sentenced

A man from Bristol's been sentenced after driving under the influence of drugs in Clacton while he had a child in the vehicle.

Ross Madden, who's 28 and from Woodview Close, was banned from driving for over three years, ordered to pay a £90 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs, he's also required to complete an unpaid work and a community order.

Police say Madden was involved in a collision while travelling along the A133 Clacton bypass with a child in the car on Saturday 29th June 2019.

While no one was seriously injured both vehicles involved were significantly damaged and Madden's vehicle caught fire.

He then gave a positive reading for cocaine and cannabis.

Essex Police say it was later found he was very close to being nine times over the drug drive limit for benzoylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine, and he was just short of being three times the limit for drug driving in relation to cannabis use.

Investigating officer PC Thomas Raes, who's from the Stanway Roads Policing Unit, said: "The tests revealed that Madden had a large amount of drugs in his system.

"One of these was a by-product of cocaine, meaning the drug may have been in his system for some time.

"He also had a large amount of cannabis in his system.

"Fortunately no one was seriously hurt in the collision that Madden was involved in and he has since been banned from driving for a lengthy period of time.

"This hopefully sends a strong message that drug driving is taken just as seriously as drink driving and will not be tolerated by us, or the courts."

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