Gateshead drug driver needs facial reconstruction surgery after crash

A drug driver who was greater than thrice the authorized restrict has to have facial reconstruction surgery after crashing his automobile.

Richard Temple has since been disqualified from driving following the crash which noticed him endure critical accidents.

A courtroom heard police had been referred to as to a street site visitors collision on the A694 on June 13, 2020.

They discovered Temple, of Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, within the driver’s seat of the automobile and he had hashish in his pocket.

Prosecutor Emma O’Hegarty informed the decide at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court that Temple, 35, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), with critical accidents on account of the crash.

A blood pattern was taken and analysed which confirmed he had 7mg of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a by-product of hashish, when the authorized restrict is simply 2mg.

In a police interview, Temple stated he did not realise the drug would keep in his system for therefore lengthy however could not recollect a variety of issues attributable to head accidents.

Ms O’Hegarty stated this case was aggravated by the poor street circumstances on the time of the accident and the very fact he was additionally carrying a passenger, which was his uncle.

Temple, who has 10 convictions for 15 offences, pleaded responsible to driving whereas over the drug restrict and possession of hashish.

Temple, who was not represented, informed the courtroom: “I’m simply sorry. I’m nonetheless alive so I’m grateful for that.

“I’m nonetheless attempting to bodily get again. I’ve obtained to have reconstruction on my face.”

District Judge Kathryn Meek disqualified him from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay £300.



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