Wrong kind of white Christmas for Moray driver
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A painter and decorator stopped by traffic police on Christmas Day was found to have cocaine in his system.
Officers were on patrol in Elgin shortly after 2am when they spotted a car being driven on the A96.
After a computerised check showed the vehicle wasn't insured, they followed and stopped it on Reidhaven Street.
Elgin Sheriff Court heard that Dylan Kennedy was behind the wheel and two other people were in the car.
The 25-year-old was given a roadside breath test for alcohol, but this proved negative.
However, a saliva test provided a positive result for cocaine.
A subsequent search uncovered two wraps of cocaine in his wallet.
Defence solicitor Robert Cruickshank stated that his self-employed client realised a driving ban was inevitable.
The lawyer added: "It will cause him difficulties but he's confident he will be able to work though it."
Kennedy, whose address was given in court papers as St Margaret's Crescent, Lossiemouth, had licence revoked for 12 months.
In addition he was ordered to pay a £550.