A twenty-seven-year-old Beverley man has been banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs.
Sam Jon Shamsaee, of Dog and Duck Lane, had a collision in his Vauxhall Corsa after which police found him to be unsteady on his feet and with slurred speech, Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard.
Prosecuting, Andrew Sterling said Shamsaee failed a field impairment test at the roadside and was taken to the police station where tests revealed he had taken the tranquilizer drug Phenazepam.
He added: “The drug causes drowsiness and a relaxed mood and can impair one’s ability to drive.”
Defending himself, Shamsaee told the court he had been undergoing rehabilitation for heroin addiction and that he had been prescribed drugs for withdrawal.
He said: “I accept that it was my fault.
“I should have known not to drive.”
He also told the court that he had suspended the final year of his university degree and therefore was not entitled to student finance, unemployment benefit or sick pay, but that he was surviving with the help of his mum and nana.
Fining Shamsaee £50, magistrates said the fine amount was considerably less than normal because he had no income.
Shamsaee must also pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
The court heard that the collision happened on Grovehill Road on January 31, but that there was no complaint from the other car driver, no injuries and no damage to either car.