EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: DRUG DRIVING CONVICTION FOR LOCAL MAN INVOLVED IN ST GEORGE’S VAN COLLISION

A Binstead man with a previous conviction for drink driving has been banned from the roads for 12 months after pleading guilty to drug driving following a crash in Newport earlier this year.

Lee Critchley, 40, of Broadway Crescent in Binstead, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court earlier today (Monday) charged with 1 count of drug driving – namely cannabis.

The court heard from the prosecution that on 5th May this year, Critchley was driving his blue Ford Focus ST along St George’s Way in Newport when a Suzuki Carry Van pulled out of Furlongs in front of him. Critchley’s Focus collided with the van forcing it to roll over, as previously reported by Island Echo.

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Police conducted a roadside test for both drink and drugs, with Critchley, formally of Brading, failing the drugs wipe. He was arrested and processed at Newport Police Station.

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Ann Smout, prosecuting, informed the court of Critchly’s previous conviction for drink driving dating back to 2006.

Defending, Oscar Vincent highlighted that his client had not consumed cannabis that day but had a residual amount in his system. Mr Vincent also highlighted that not only did Lee Critchley stay at the scene until Police arrived, but he helped tend to the driver of the Suzuki van.

Magistrates handed Critchley a 12-month driving ban and fined him £120, as well as ordering him to pay £85 costs with a £34 surcharge.

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Island Echo – Isle of Wight

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