A Cardiff man was caught drug-driving — about three days after he admits taking cocaine.

Irfan Khan says he snorted the Class A substance on a Saturday night (June 12) before police stopped him driving back from a takeaway in the early hours of the next Wednesday.

The 34-year-old appeared at Cardiff Magistrates' Court today and pleaded guilty to drug-driving. He had 65mcg of a cocaine metabolite per litre of blood shortly after being pulled over. The justice system sets a legal limit of 10mcg to allow for naturally occurring chemicals.

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Khan, of Ely Road in Llandaff, was driving his Fiat Punto on Caerau Lane when he was spotted by patrolling PC Jordan.

Prosecutor Jermel Anderson said: "The officer spotted the defendant driving at excess speed, though there is no other evidence of that and it is not a high-rated feature of the offence."

Cocaine can typically be detected in the blood within two days of use, according to the Priory Group.

Vaughan Britton, mitigating, said: "It almost seemed like a routine stop because he was driving home having gone out late to get a takeaway. It was about 3am and I think police are always more hypervigilant at that time.

"He was pulled over and cooperated fully with a roadside drugs wipe test. Because it gave an indication, it was enough evidence to arrest and take him into custody for a more detailed blood sample.

Irfan Khan
Irfan Khan outside Cardiff Magistrates' Court

"It was an element of naivety on his part because he certainly felt OK to drive. He is not a regular cocaine user. It was on a one-off basis at a friend's birthday party when it was offered to him. He never thought it would still be in his system.

"It is a shame for him. He passed his driving test in 2017 the second time around. He will have to apply to get his licence back at the end of the disqualification period."

Presiding Justice Jason Bartlett imposed a 12-month driving ban. Khan, who is on Universal Credit, must pay a £120 fine, £34 victim services surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs. He still has £151 to pay following a previous offence of speeding.

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