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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Drug driver in Barrow spotted by off-duty Ulverston police officer

A MOTORIST pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs after he was spotted by an off-duty police officer.

Andrew Makin, 47, from Ainsworth Street, Ulverston, was driving erratically down Abbey Road towards Barrow when Sergeant Ian McClymont raised the alarm.

Furness Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday how Sgt McClymont, driving his own vehicle, saw Makin swerve towards the kerb near Mill Brow roundabout and then overcorrect his vehicle into the opposite carriageway.

Makin was also spotted going through a red light at the junction with Rawlinson Street before he was stopped and arrested.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said “Sgt McClymont described it as one of the worst pieces of driving he had witnessed.”

Makin’s urine tested positive for methadone, morphine and diazepam which, he claimed, were prescribed drugs.

Presiding magistrate Dr Raj Rathi delayed sentencing until August 27 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Makin is disqualified from driving until that date.

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