Jet2 air hostess caught drug-driving twice in 24 hours by same cop walks free after testing ten times legal limit | The Sun
A Jet2 air hostess caught drug-driving twice in 24 hours by the same cop has walked free.
Isabelle Peck, 20, who had been snorting cocaine, tested almost ten times the limit for the drug's compound Benzoylecgonine (BZE) after she was pulled over in her Vauxhall Corsa.
Despite police warnings Peck, from Northwich, Cheshire. collected her motor the next day and was stopped again by same cop as she tried to drive home.
During the second stop the air hostess tested 16 times the limit for BZE before reportedly spending a total of two nights in a police station.
At Chester magistrates court, Peck admitted two charges of driving with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit.
But she insisted she had taken no further cocaine since her initial arrest.
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The reason for the higher reading on the second instance was due to BZE being more prevalent in her blood as the cocaine left her system.
According to medical experts, cocaine can show up on a blood or saliva test for up to two days after use and it can show up in a urine test for up to three days.
The first charge stated Peck was driving on Manchester Road, Lostock on April 27 with 486 micrograms of benzoylecgonine (BZE) per litre of blood.
While the second read that she was driving on the A556 in Lostock on April 28 with 800 mcg/l of the same drug in her blood.
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The legal limit for driving after cocaine use is 50mg.
Georgia Leyland, prosecuting, said: “Around 7pm on April 27 the defendant was driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa when the officer caused the vehicle to stop.
“A roadside drug wipe was conducted, which was positive. She was taken into custody where she provided a sample of blood for analysis,
“Toxicology reports revealed a reading of 486 micrograms for BZE per litre of blood, exceeding the specified limit.
“The second offence effectively took place the day after at 7.30pm. It was actually the same officer who spotted the defendant driving her car."
Leyland said that the defendant didn't wait to drive again despite being warned the drugs were still "in her system".
She continued: "However, she didn't do that. A roadside drug wipe was conducted and she tested positive again and she was again taken to custody for a blood sample.
"This time the reading was 800 micrograms for BZE, exceeding the specified limit.
“Miss Peck is of previous good character, she has no previous convictions.”
Representing Peck, solicitor John Farnan, said that Peck accepted she had taken cocaine on a "very occasional and recreational basis" at the time of the first offence.
Mr Farnan added: “She is absolutely very much aware that when she went to pick her car up she should have waited longer and got someone else to pick it up.
“She was not taking cocaine in the meantime. It was still in her system. The officer pulled her over while she was driving it back.”
Mr Farnan said that as Peck had only passed her driving test in the last two years, she would have the “additional punishment” of needing to retake it once the disqualification was ended.
He added: “Since the date of the offence, she has obtained a job as cabin crew for Jet 2.
“They regularly drug test and she has not taken any cocaine since she started that job."
And Peck has "not taken cocaine" since being regularly tested according to Mr Farnan.
The legal advisor told magistrates that benzoylecgonine is a breakdown product of cocaine.
“That is why the BZE has increased rather than because of consumption of cocaine,” he said.
“If you accept that, you can make no separate penalty for the second offence. The disqualification will apply to both offences.”
The legal advisor also said the DVLA may also require proof Peck is not drug dependent before returning her driving licence to her.
Stressing that she was not being punished for the second offence, the magistrates also ordered that she pay £157 in costs and victim surcharge.
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Peck was also banned from driving for the minimum amount of 12 months.
“We have listened to everything that’s been said and taken it on board,” chairman Andrew Merrill said.
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