A DRIVER took so much cocaine his blood sample was outside the range that a lab machine could test.
Anthony Tutt was spotted by officers with his Audi A3 at Friston but drove away at excessive speed.
Officers later saw the vehicle in Eastbourne before again driving away at high speed.
The 23-year-old was traced to his home in Kings Drive, Eastbourne, where he was arrested after a DrugWipe test showed he was positive for cocaine.
Tutt admitted he was the driver and claimed he took a “big fat line” of cocaine after exiting the vehicle.
But he later told an officer that he was taking a large amount of the Class A drug every day.
He gave a sample that was positive for 183 micrograms (mcg) of cocaine per liter of blood.
The legal limit is 10 µg of cocaine per liter of blood.
Meanwhile, the chemical breakdown of cocaine, called benzoylecgonine, was tested in Tutt’s sample. The legal limit for this element is 50 mcg per liter of blood.
When Tutt’s sample was tested, it was more than 800 mcg per liter of his blood.
Tutt, unemployed, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and without due care and attention and appeared in Hastings Magistrates Court, where he admitted the charges.
Tutt was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid labor as part of a six-month suspended sentence.
He will also have to complete 15 required rehabilitation sessions and pay £85 in costs and a £128 victim’s surcharge.
The court disqualified Tutt from driving for three years and ordered him to take an extended retest before he could get his driver’s license back.
Police Officer Michael Dunn said the cocaine levels in Tutt’s samples were “off the chart and above the limit for the machine to test”.
“He admitted driving the Audi but said he was unaware of its high speed and claimed he just took a ‘thick, fat line’ of cocaine after getting out of the vehicle,” he said .
“But he also said that because of a relationship crisis, he took large doses of the Class A drugs every day for two weeks.
“Drugs such as cocaine and cannabis can remain in the body for a long time after ingestion and continue to affect reactions and the ability to drive.
“Drivers who have taken these drugs endanger other road users.”
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