Azalea Terrace man banned from driving after cocaine found in his system

An Azalea Terrace man caught with cocaine in his system when pulled over on suspicion of driving his new car uninsured has been banned from motoring.

Ryan Fox, 39, also tested positive for alcohol when stopped by police in North Bridge Street, Monkwearmouth, at 9.45pm on Monday, May 29.

When Fox, of Azalea Terrace South, Ashbrooke, was retested for booze after his arrest, he proved to be under the limit and was not charged.

But analysis of a blood sample proved cocaine, and its breakdown product BZE, were present at a level illegal to drive at, magistrates in South Tyneside heard.

He is starting a 12-month roads’ disqualification after pleading guilty to two counts of drug driving.

Prosecutor Glenda Beck said: “Officers on mobile patrol were requested to do a vehicle stop on a Vauxhall Mariva in North Bridge Street.

Banned for 12 months, he must also pay a £120 fine, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £48.