‘Idiotic’ driver 16 times over limit

‘Idiotic’ driver 16 times over limit

By Michael Upton | 16/05/2022

‘Idiotic’ driver 16 times over limit


A DISQUALIFIED, drugged-up driver caught by police after crashing following a 60mph chase was found to be SIXTEEN times the drug-drive limit.

Gary Morton drove without insurance four times in as many months last year, including an occasion where he fled the scene of one collision, crashed again and drove off.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the 30-year-old had eventually been arrested at a petrol station, where CCTV showed him tripping over a traffic cone.

When tested, his blood level for the drug benzoylecgonine was 800 micrograms per litre — the legal limit is 50.

The court heard on Monday that Morton (pictured) was already banned from the roads when he was involved in a series of dodgy driving incidents between February and June last year

Mr Aaron Dinnes, prosecuting, said police had attended a collision in February and found Morton by the vehicle, appearing unsteady on his feet and slurring his words.

A roadside alcohol test was clear but a drug test found him four times the limit for benzoylecgonine, a component of certain types of medicine and cocaine.

Morton, of Prospect Court, Parkgate, had said he was on medication for a borderline personality disorder but told police the car had “steered suddenly”, causing him to crash.

In April, police stopped an uninsured car at a petrol station and Morton, when questioned, admitted he was not insured to drive it.

Mr Dinnes said Morton had insisted he had been wrongly banned by a court that same day as he had been given too many penalty points.

After Morton was spotted ignoring a red light in May, he told police who stopped and questioned him that he had “no idea” he was disqualified, but admitted having no insurance.

The June police chase began after Morton crashed a Ford Focus into another vehicle on the Sheffield Parkway before driving off.

Police pursued the Focus and witnessed it travelling at 60mph on the 40mph Prince of Wales ring road before crashing, backing up and driving away again.

After the same vehicle was spotted at a filling station, Morton — who was seen on CCTV “unsteady on his feet and almost tripping over a traffic cone —  was arrested and tested positive for benzoylecgonine.

He insisted someone else had been driving but later admitted he had been behind the wheel.

Mr Stephen Welford, mitigating, said Morton had found the past year difficult due to the illness of his grandmother and “dealt with this by taking medication to excess and using controlled drugs”.

Mr Welford said Morton — who admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and driving over the legal limit for drugs — wished “to draw a line under this type of conduct” in future and “with support, hopefully turn his life around”.

Judge Dixon said Morton had driven “like an idiot” and had “a sorry history of offending”.

He told the defendant he had “little faith you would comply with a community order” and jailed Morton for 26 months, also banning him from the roads for three years and one month.

Morton’s sentence included one month for two thefts where he stole plastic storage boxes worth £850 from Asda, and an attempted theft at the same store.