A590 drug driver caught out after undertaking police car

Tomas Wilkinson got behind the wheel of his car with a breakdown product of cocaine still in his system on July 13.

The 32-year-old came to the attention of the police when he undertook an unmarked police car while driving on a section of the A590.

The motorist pleaded guilty to drug driving when he appeared before South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates were told Wilkinson made the manoeuvre in his Volvo S40 while driving near Levens.

He was followed by the police and arrested.

Wilkinson was later found to have had benzoylecgonine in his blood.

Prosecutor Peter Kelly described how police officers were on mobile patrol on the day.

“It seems PC Johns was in a police vehicle in the outside lane,” he said.

“It’s apparent the defendant approaches from the rear of the police and before the officer has the chance to move back onto the inside lane the defendant undertakes him.

“The vehicle is then followed and travels away at speed.

“The police stop the vehicle and Mr Wilkinson is spoken to.

“He gives an indication that some time previously he has taken cocaine.

“He’s asked to provide a sample at the roadside.

“It leads to him being arrested and taken to the police station for a further sample.”

The court heard Wilkinson was convicted in 2018 for the same offence and was banned from for 15 months.

Wilkinson represented himself in court and told magistrates the police car was unmarked.

He said he did not believe he was driving at speed, insisting he was driving ‘with the flow of the traffic’ and could not have gone faster or slower.

Magistrates sentenced Wilkson, of Church Road in Allithwaite, to a community order.

He will have to complete a drug rehabilitation programme within the next year under the direction of Recovery Steps.

The defendant was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £114 and prosecution costs of £85.

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