‘Responsible’ driver caught behind the wheel while over the drugs limit – two days after taking cocaine (plus 5 other court stories)


Motorist Gary Brough was caught driving while over the limit for drugs after taking cocaine.

The 46-year-old was stopped in Fenton by police who suspected his vehicle was not insured.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the car was, in fact, insured – but Brough failed a roadside drug test.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: “Police stopped this defendant in Park Lane at 9pm on May 17. Officers believed he was under the influence of drugs. He tested positive for cocaine. He was arrested and taken to the police station where a sample of blood was taken.”

Brough, of Oldfield Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while over the limit for a controlled drug. The court heard he had a previous conviction for driving while unfit through drugs in 2011.

The defendant was not represented by a solicitor in court, but told magistrates: “I took it two days before. I thought it would be out of my system. I’m a responsible driver.

“I only went down to the shop to get some food for my tea. I wasn’t pulled over for driving funny, it was for the insurance and I proved I was insured the next morning.”

Magistrates fined Brough £120 and disqualified him from driving for 36 months. He must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.

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Warehouse worker admits driving during 38-month ban from the roads

Warehouse worker Miroslav Bris has admitted driving while disqualified.

The 49-year-old was stopped by police during a routine check as he drove along Queen’s Avenue in Tunstall on August 26.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard it was discovered that Bris, of Norris Road, Stanfield, was disqualified from driving after being banned for 38 months.

He went on to plead guilty to the offence, plus a further charge of driving without insurance.

Magistrates adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service. Bris will appear in court again on January 26.

Man, 27, guilty of threatening council environment worker

A 27-year-old man has admitted threatening a council environmental officer.

James Lyons, of Lowther Street, Hanley, pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to an offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm of distress.

The offence was committed at Cobridge on November 4. Magistrates decided they want a report about Lyons from the Probation Service before he is sentenced. The case was adjourned until February 2.

Woman, 35, to be sentenced for attacking two police officers

A 35-year-old woman will be sentenced for assaulting two police officers.

Victoria Maiden, of Allen Street, Hartshill, pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to assaulting an emergency worker by beating, plus a further charge of common assault of an emergency worker.

The offences took place on October 10 after officers were called to a Stoke-on-Trent property.

Magistrates adjourned the case to allow the Probation Service to prepare a report about Maiden. She will appear in court again on January 21.

Man fined for banging on neighbour’s door and shouting abuse at 2.30am

A 45-year-old man has been fined after he banged on his neighbour’s door while shouting abuse.

Police were called to Tunstall Road in Biddulph on December 9, to a report that Craig Mellor was causing a disturbance.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson told North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard: “Officers attended following a report that the defendant was banging on the front door of his neighbour’s property at 2.30am.

“She said she was woken up by a male shouting abuse. He shouted, ‘I will knock you into next week’ and ‘smackhead’.

“Officers advised the defendant to go home immediately and not go back into the street. However, he went back to the injured party’s house. He was banging on the door again and being abusive.”

Mellor, of Tunstall Road, was arrested and went on to plead guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

The court heard he had previously stopped drinking after developing an alcohol problem. Shortly before the offence, he started drinking again.

Iain Haley, mitigating, said: “He had been told about some drug dealing taking place in the street where he lived. He is not even sure he was knocking on the right door.

“As a result of his arrest, he has stopped drinking again and he is determined to stay alcohol free.”

Magistrates fined Mellor £80 and ordered him to pay £169 in court costs and charges.

Man, 31, trashed motorbikes at home of sister’s ex

Civil engineer Daniel Jones broke into a garage and trashed motorbikes at the home of his sister’s ex-boyfriend.

The 31-year-old forced his way inside the building in Church Street, Audley, in the early hours of July 5 last year.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he damaged property including two motorbikes and a washing machine. He left blood at the scene which identified him as the culprit.

Jones, of Princess Avenue, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to cause damage. Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said: “The defendant’s sister and her two children had gone to live with Mr Jones after a separation. He was very concerned about her.

“On the evening in question he saw her in a car with her ex-partner, which perplexed him. He had been drinking and he lost all sense of rhyme or reason. It was a spur of the moment act while in drink.

“He is a hard-working, family man.”

Magistrates fined Jones £900 and ordered him to pay £710 compensation plus £275 in court costs and charges.





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