Judge brands Portsmouth man a ‘complete idiot’

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A JUDGE branded a man a complete idiot after he was let off with a suspended sentence for an offence and then caught with cocaine.

Christopher Humphreys was lucky to avoid jail for offences of dangerous driving and drink-driving.

The 23-year-old led police on a high-speed chase before crashing just as he was about to join the M27.

He then tried to run away and police had to use CS spray to detain him.

Humphreys was given a 12-month suspended sentence and told to keep out of trouble for a year by the courts last June.

But he was arrested again in May after police caught him with a wrap of cocaine.

He was spotted with the drug outside the casino in Gunwharf Quays.

Humphreys, of Bude Close, Paulsgrove, pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug.

Howard Barrington-Clark, defending, said: ‘Putting it bluntly this young man was an idiot.

‘He has a partner at home, he has a job as a mechanic.

‘What on earth he was thinking on this day when he accepted a wrap from a friend we don’t know.’

Mr Barrington-Clark urged the judge not to impose the suspended sentence.

Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton said: ‘You are, if you don’t mind me saying so, a complete idiot because you were given a suspended sentence when you might well have been locked up for the way you drove, completely drunk, putting everybody at risk.

‘You were spared that and got a suspended sentence.

‘You have got your girlfriend and her children to look after. What do you do? You go and get yourself a wrap of cocaine.

‘You have come within a whisker of going away because you have breached the suspended sentence.’

The judge fined him £500 with £250 in costs, which he was told to pay at a rate of £20 a week.