Edinburgh driver arrested after testing positive for cocaine use

Driver was released pending blood test analysis

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 11:19 am
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 11:25 am
The driver was tested by officers on Sunday evening. Picture: Road Policing Scotland
The driver was tested by officers on Sunday evening. Picture: Road Policing Scotland

An Edinburgh driver was arrested after testing positive for cocaine use during a police 'DrugWipe'.

The driver, who was behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle, was stopped by road police officers in Granton on Sunday evening.

They were arrested but later released after testing positive for cocaine.

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A blood sample has been obtained by officers and a decision will be made on whether to pursue the driver depending on the results after analysis of the sample.

If found guilty of driving while under the influence of an illegal substance such as cocaine, the individual could face up to six months in prison, a driving ban and fines up to £5000.

Road Policing Scotland commented: "This Ford was stopped in the Granton area of Edinburgh last night.

"The driver provided a positive drugwipe for cocaine. They were arrested and a blood sample was later obtained. They have been released pending it's analysis."

Police Scotland unveiled its new 'DrugWipes' detection kits in October. Dubbed 'drugalysers', the tests are used to check for illegal drugs use.

The roadside kit involves taking a mouth swab from drivers. A blue line appears if the individual has taken cannabis or cocaine.

Drivers who test positive are taken to a police station for a blood test to determine if the result is accurate.