Baumber man fined for being on drugs whilst in charge of a vehicle

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A 23-year-old Baumber man was in ‘his own little world’ when he was found in charge of a car under the influence of drugs, a court has heard.

Joshua Nathan Rhodes, of Top Yard, admitted possessing 0.5 grammes of Ketamine and to be in charge of a motor vehicle whilst unfit to drive through drugs, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that Rhodes was seen by a police officer in his parked Renault Clio at around 7.30pm on December 7, 2013, in Wharf Road, Horncastle.

He was seen to turn the lights on and the officer believed he heard the engine turned on so he went to him.

Mr Wood said Rhodes was obviously under the influence of some substance as he was slurring his words and he told the officer he had taken Ketamine.

He was taken to the police station where he was slurring his words, swaying and “in his own little world”, said Mr Wood.

A blood test revealed he had Ketamine in his system and a small bag of it was found on him.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said there had been a very low likelihood of him driving as his grandmother lived down the road and he intended to walk there as soon as he felt better, but he accepted he was in charge of the car.

He said Rhodes denied turning the car engine on.

District Judge John Stobart told Rhodes he was “grossly unfit” to drive the car but he would not disqualify him as he accepted there was no intention to drive the car.

Rhodes was fined a total of £350 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

Ten penalty points were put on his driving licence.