Saturday, January 02, 2016

Learner driver tested positive for drugs while his instructor was 3½ times over the alcohol limit

A learner driver tested positive for drugs while their supervisor was arrested for a drink-driving offence, police have said, after their vehicle went through a cordon set up at a crash scene in Worplesdon, Surrey, on Tuesday afternoon. Officers were attending an overturned and abandoned van in Goose Rye Road at around 4.15pm when the incident happened.

The van driver was subsequently located and was himself allegedly found to be twice the legal drink-drive limit. But while a road closure was put in place to recover the vehicle, a car drove through the cordon and was stopped at the scene. A spokesman from Surrey Police's roads policing unit said: “Officers attended a one-vehicle, non-injury road traffic collision in Goose Rye Road, Worplesdon.

“The driver, a local man, had left the scene but was located at a family address and arrested for drink-driving. While the vehicle from that RTC [road traffic collision] was being recovered, officers had closed the road. A car drove through the road closure and was stopped at the scene.” The learner driver, a provisional licence holder, was said to have tested positive for drugs, while the supervisor was allegedly found to be 3½ times over the limit.

Both were arrested for drink/drug-driving offences. The supervisor has been reported for being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle and the driver is on bail pending blood test results. The spokesman added: “If supervising a provisional licence holder, the drink/drug drive laws still apply - you can't use a mobile phone while the car is being driven and you must be over 21 and have held a full licence for more than three years.”

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