Hucknall biker crashed into car while high on cocaine

A Hucknall teen was high on cocaine when he crashed into the back of a car waiting at traffic lights, a court has heard.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 7:48 am

Alex Gibbons was riding a red Honda on Radford Road, Nottingham, at 6.55pm on October 18 last year when the collision happened, said prosecutor Marie Stace.

His passenger fled but the driver of the car was concerned that Gibbons was unwell, and when police arrived they formed the opinion he was under the influence of something.

Gibbons told officers he had been to a party where he took ‘some kind of drug but didn't know what it was’.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

A blood test revealed he had 11 mcgs of cocaine in his system, when the specified limit is 10 mcgs – and 724 mcgs of a cocaine by-product, when the limit is 50 mcgs.

The court heard Gibbons, who has no previous convictions, made full and frank admissions to police and deserved full credit for his early guilty plea.

He was remorseful and wanted to apologise, his solictor said.

He had been with friends in Basford but could not remember anything from the previous three days. He was later treated for concussion at hospital.

No major damage was caused to the car beyond scuffs and a dented panel.

Gibbons, 19, of Shortwood Avenue, Hucknall, pleaded guilty to drug driving when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on Friday, April 9.

He was fined £120, with £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge, which will be deducted from his benefits. He was banned from driving for 12 months.

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