A man has been given a 12-month driving ban and ordered to take a driving course after pleading guilty to two charges of drink-driving and possessing cannabis.
Andre Esty, 23, was arrested on January 1 this year at 4am in Hackney for possessing cannabis and drinking while driving after he was stopped and the smell of alcohol in his breath was detected.
He was then strip searched, and a small bag of cannabis dropped out from his anus.
The court heard he had “so much alcohol in his blood which exceeded the prescribed limit” of 80mg and tested positive of 95mg.
Esty was handed a 12-month driving ban at Thames Magistrates’ Court and a further recommendation for drink-driving rehabilitation courses which, if he completes successfully by October, will reduce his disqualification down to nine months.
Esty, a student from North London, also faces a fine of £215 to be paid in 28 days along with other costs, including the expected £200 to £300 cost of the driving course.
The Magistrate ordered the destruction of the cannabis and gave no second penalty for that charge.
By Lauren Felstead and Stephanie Gale