Extra medicine driver’s trouble

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A dad took extra medication he had been prescribed by his doctor before driving.

Gary Wolstenholme was found to have an excess amount of Diazepam in his system, magistrates were told

Wolstenholme, 35, formerly of Auster Crescent, Freckleton, now living at Fredora Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to driving with a drug above the specific limit in his system, driving without insurance and not in accordance with his learner’s licence.

Kerry Grieve, prosecuting, said police checked a Citroen Picasso on Hunter Road, Freckleton on February 4, and it registered as having no insurance.

Efforts were made to stop it but Wolstenhulme drove on, stopped and ran off. He said he ran because he did not have insurance or a full licence. A blood test showed 820 micrograms of diazepam in his body – 550 micrograms is the limit.

Jessica Partington, defending, said her client suffered from anxiety, depression and panic attacks for which he was prescribed medication by his doctor.

The day of the offence he had taken more of his medication than he should have after a row. He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge.