It was India v New Zealand and the weather was poor. No play was possible in the cricket world cup match, so Meanjit Purewal and his friend decided to have a few drinks as he was feeling down.
Meanjit Singh the boozed-up Hucknall man then smashed into the central reservation of a roundabout. He told the court he had been given cocaine “by a friend as he was feeling down.”
Meanjit Purewal overtook a marked police car at speed on Annesley Road, with his hazard lights on, before mounting the central reservation and hitting a bollard at 7.30pm, on Thursday, June 13. A test revealed he had 73 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.
At the police station, a small quantity of cocaine was found in a chewing gum wrapper, said prosecutor Donna Fawcett.
“He said it had been given to him by a friend as he was feeling down,” she said.
Chris Powell, mitigating, said: “Mr Purewal has been on long-term anti-depressants for seven years and has no mental health issues as a result. Earlier that day he went to the park and began drinking with some people, one of whom offered him the cocaine.
“It was a case of peer-pressure to carry on with things,” said Mr Powell, adding that there was no cocaine in Purewal’s system.
He said that the loss of his licence would have a “catastrophic effect” on Purewal’s livelihood, as he is in the motor trade and buys and sells cars. It would also limit the support he can provide to his 87-year-old mother, for whom he is the sole carer.
“He knows he has let her down,” Mr Powell said.
Purewall, 53, of Hillcrest Drive, admitted drink driving and possession of the Class A drug, when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Wednesday.
He was banned for 20 months but was offered the drink driver’s rehabilitation course, which will reduce the disqualification by 152 days if he completes it before August 15, 2020.
He was fined £230 for possession of the cocaine, with £85 costs and a £30 government surcharge.