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20/12/2012 Redcar and Cleveland

CCTV released of Drug Driver

Police have released CCTV footage of a man who has pleaded guilty at court to driving a motorvehicle whilst being unfit through drugs.

Throughout December and into the New Year, Cleveland Police are taking part in the national ACPO drink and drug drive campaign. This year the campaign aims to target drivers under the age of 25, who, according to Department for Transport figures, fail more breath tests (or refuse to provide a specimen) than any other age group, and those that drink alcohol or take drugs and drive their vehicle the next morning, whilst still under the affects.

Michael Kitching, 28, from the Guisborough area, appears on CCTV to struggle to get out of his car at a petrol station forecourt on West End in Guisborough. He staggers across the forecourt before going into the kiosk, intending to pay for petrol that he has not put into his car. Two officers wait outside to arrest him before he has the opportunity to get back into his car.

Inspector Mick Little, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “This footage shows the effects that drugs have had on the man and how irresponsible and extremely dangerous his decision to get behind the wheel of the car was.

“Mr Kitching has been fortunate that he did not seriously injure or even kill anyone whilst he was driving in that condition.

“Let this be a stark warning to anyone who even considers driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs; you will be caught and you will be put before the courts. You could lose your licence or even your freedom.”

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