Drink-driver had cannabis in boot

DRINK-driver Adrian Paul Gooch was found to have cannabis plants in the boot of his car after it was involved in a collision.

Boston magistrates were told that Gooch was found unconscious in his car at Gipsey Bridge by the occupant of a house who then called the emergency services.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the ambulance and police arrived at the scene and attempts were made to treat a head injury.

“The defendant became aggressive and had to be restrained,” Miss Stace said.

“The officer could smell cannabis in the car, checked the boot and found three cannabis plants.

“Gooch was taken to hospital where blood was taken. He was found to have 164mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

“He gave a written statement to police in interview which said he couldn’t remember the collision but he could recall being treated in the ambulance.”

Gooch, 41, of Haven Bank, New York, admitted drink-driving and possession of a quantity of cannabis on March 2.

Mark Hudson, representing, said the defendant had never been in any trouble before.

“He was supposed to stay with a friend after drinking but for whatever reason he didn’t,” Mr Hudson said.

On Wednesday, magistrates banned Gooch from driving for 20 months with a five month reduction if he completes and rehabilitation course.

He was fined £150, ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.