Charity boss denies being 60 TIMES over drug drive limit

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A children’s charity boss has denied being an astonishing 60 times over the drug-driving limit when he appeared before Wigan magistrates.

Damian McCoy pleaded not guilty to being under the influence of part of the drug cocaine while at the wheel at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

McCoy, 38, is alleged to have been stopped by police on Millgate in Wigan town centre while at the wheel of a Hyundai i40 on March 30.

Police then claim he was found to have an astounding 3,166 microgrammes per litre (ug/l) of benzoylecgonine, which is the main substance used to test for cocaine use, compared to the legal driving limit of just 50 ug/l.

McCoy, of Buckshaw Village near Chorley, pleaded not guilty after consulting with solicitors but the case then stalled as his legal representatives could not be present in court.

The case has now been adjourned and McCoy will return to court on June 3 for a pre-trial hearing.

McCoy is chairman of Wipe Your Tears, a charity which provides end-of-life wishes and support to children suffering from life-limiting illnesses and also helps youngsters who are the victims of domestic violence.