Four-year ban for driver who took vehicle
MOTORIST Ian Gibson has been banned from driving for four years after crashing his girlfriend's car while on drugs.
The 25-year-old took the Fiat Punto in the early hours of December 22 when his partner was asleep and crashed it into a stationary van.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard a police breath test found Gibson was under the drink-drive limit.
But he was asked to provide a sample of blood and although he agreed twice he withdrew his consent on both occasions.
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In his police interview, Gibson said he had been out with a friend who gave him some drugs which he thought were M-Cat.
He had taken a couple of the M-Cat tablets and drunk some beer.
He said he returned at 3am and argued with his partner so he decided to go out in her car to try to clear his head.
Gibson, of Dogcroft Road, Chell Heath, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence and insurance and failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis.
Gary Corbett, mitigating, conceded Gibson would be subject to a mandatory three year driving ban as he has a previous conviction for drink-driving.
But he said the defendant has not benefited from help from the authorities with his drug use in the past.
Mr Corbett said Gibson had acted recklessly but added that he was extremely remorseful.
Magistrates sentenced Gibson to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision and a 12 month drug rehabilitation programme.
They also disqualified him from driving for 48 months.
Gibson was also ordered to pay £600 compensation and £85 costs.