A KENDAL man with a ‘significant record of previous offending’ has been jailed after being caught driving while over 17 times a legal drug driving limit.

Robert Vasey-Frankland was stopped by road traffic officers in a Ford Transit van on Castle Drive in Kendal and asked to conduct a drugs wipe test.

After conducting the test at the roadside, officers discovered that the 39-year-old, of Castle Walk, Kendal, had been driving with excess levels of Methylamphetamine.

He was arrested and taken to Kendal Police Station where he provided a lowest reading of 172 ug/L. The legal ‘zero-tolerance limit’ is 10 ug/L.  

Further inquiries from officers at the time revealed Vasey-Frankland had also been driving on public roads without a licence or third-party insurance.

He was further charged with obstructing PC Jones in the execution of his duty.

Vasey-Frankland pleaded guilty to the offences at the first opportunity at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates jailed him for six weeks as they determined the offences were so serious that only a custodial sentence could be justified.

They said the reason for their decision was because he had a “significant record of previous offending” and the fact he was already serving a custodial sentence for other offences.