Man drives erratically under the influence of drum and bass, is arrested

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Police didn't chase Aaron Cogley but followed on in an unmarked car as he dawdled through back streets and crawled through two sets of red traffic lights. He also cut off another driver and rounded a corner so sharply the whole Ford van rocked on its chassis, reports The Bristol Post.

Professional driver Cogley, 25, formerly of Portishead in Bristol, England, but now said to be homeless, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Mark Hollier told Bristol Crown Court that police stopped the vehicle and Cogley was arrested and breathalysed, but blew a zero reading. "When asked about it he said he was listening to drum and bass and was in a hurry," Hollier told the court.

David Miller, defending, said Cogley was not involved in a police chase but would now lose his job. "It was stupid. He was carried away because of the intoxicating effects of drum and bass music."

In sentencing, judge Kevin De Haan described drum and bass as "intoxicating for some. Very irritating for others." He gave Cogley 80 hours of community service, banned him from driving for 12 months and ordered he pass an extended driving test.

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