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Driving ban and fine for Easter Ross driver found under influence of cocaine on Kessock bridge after routine police stop

By Ali Morrison

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Police carried out a routine stop of a vehicle on the Kessock Bridge and found the driver was under the influence of cocaine.

Christopher Jaffray of Milnafua, Alness had 11 times the level of cocaine in his system with a blood analysis reading of 114mcgs of the narcotic when the legal level of the tested substance is only 10mcgs.

Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald expressed surprise at Inverness Sheriff Court today at the high reading and Jaffray's solicitor advocate Neil Wilson accepted it was "significant."

Fiscal depute Rowena Carlton said the 42-year-old driver was "shaking and his pupils were pin pricks" when police intercepted the vehicle on May 23 last year.

Mr Wilson said: "My client was going through a bad patch but is now clean."

Jaffray was fined £420 and banned from driving for two years.

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