A director of a Sutton Coldfield sports club was more than twice the medication limit for driving having taken cocaine, when his car had been involved in a 20-mile high speed pursuit by police, a court found.
The chase – that lasted 30 minutes on streets in Shropshire and Staffordshire – only stopped when 49-year-old Simon Smith’s BMW ran out of gas.
At Shrewsbury Crown Court on Friday (January 26) Judge Peter Barrie told Smith that, having taken a ‘considerable dose of cocaine’, he had been engaged in a severe and protracted episode of hazardous driving.
“The cocaine was not only illegal, but affected your decision making and also the ability to drive safely. Your answer to viewing the authorities was supposed to push and also to do your very best to avoid being halted,” he explained.
Smith, the42,000-a-year director at Aston Wood Golf Club in Sutton Coldfield, had confessed possession of cocaine, driving under the influence of medication and reckless driving.
Mr Howard Searle, said, said the incident started in St Georges Road, at Donnington, approximately 1am on September 28 last year after police officers watched Smith’s BMW and believed he had been attempting to avoid passing them.
He explained the patrol car siren and lights were on but Smith drove away through a property towards Priorslee and onto the M54 motorway travelling at 90mph on the Eastbound carriageway.
About the slip road at Junction 3 Smith had prevented being discontinued and stopped driving over the speed limit on the A41 towards Wolverhampton.
Mr Searle said officials in West Midlands authorities had deployed a ‘stinger’ however, the BMW was able to avoid the device.
He explained Smith continued at high speed towards Codsall and back towards the Shifnal place and went through the lights at Perton crossroads on crimson.
“He drove on the wrong side of a bollard at a junction and has been driving at the middle of the road in an attempt to stop authorities overtaking and boxing ,” he explained.
The BMW continued onto the A442 towards Bridgnorth until it came to a halt having run out of gas. Smith had attempted to run off but was quickly arrested.
Mr Searle said three traces of cocaine were retrieved that Smith said they had been for his own use and that he had taken medication.
Tests showed he had 65 milligrams of cocaine into his bloodstream – the legal limit is 10 – and even over 700 milligrams of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolic response from taking cocaine.
Mr Adrian Roberts, for Smith, said that his client had over reacted and that the incident was a ‘wake up call’ to take care of his difficulties.
He said Smith had been working 20-hour days that had an effect on his health causing tension and stress which resulted in a breakdown.
Mr Roberts explained Smith had dealt with his drug addiction, hunted counseling and’d discussed his problems with his companies.
He explained the root of Smith’s offending lay in a prior incident when he had been followed and dragged from his car and held at gunpoint by two guys 10 decades back. Despite a police investigation no one was ever detained.
Judge Peter Barrie said that, but for the fact no one was harmed and no drivers had been put at risk, along with Smith had taken actions to change his behaviour, the situation might have attracted a sentence.
Smith, of Colridge Court, Donnington, Telford, has been fined #2,500 for its drug driving and reckless driving offences and banned from the streets for a year.
He has been also made subject to a one-year community order which includes a rehabilitation programme and he needs to cover #200 costs.