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Crash death dad had cocaine in his system

A dad who was killed when his car left the road had cocaine in his system, an inquest has heard.

A post mortem examination revealed traces of cocaine and diazepam were present in Adam Brennan’s blood when he died.

PC Anthony Powell, an accident investigator with Northumbria Police, said: “It is possible it (the drugs) could have affected his driving.”

The 40-year-old lorry driver was killed after the Vauxhall Astra he was in left the A690, between Houghton-le-Spring and Stony Gate on Friday, September 11th.

The inquest was told tests revealed the Astra’s tyres were under inflated and could have made the car more difficult to handle.

PC Powell said statements taken from witnesses in the area at the time of the crash said there was no other vehicle involved in the collision.

He said witnesses also supported the theory that Mr Brennan had been travelling above the 50mph speed limit on the road, which runs between Durham and Sunderland.

The post mortem examination was conducted by Dr Mona Jain, who concluded the cause of death was head and chest injuries.

Karin Welsh, assistant coroner of Sunderland, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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Redcar woman may escape death penalty

Indonesian customs officials have said that a Redcar woman who was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling could be spared the death penalty.

Lindsay Sandiford, 55, was allegedly caught with 4.8 kilos of cocaine in her suitcase on arrival at Bali Ngurah International Airport on May 19.

It's estimated the haul had a street value of around £1.6 million.

Made Wijaya, a Bali customs agent, initially said the punishment for drug smuggling is usually a death sentence.

But officials have said that Mrs Sandiford may escape the death penalty because she helped catch three other members of a suspected drug trafficking ring.

Three Britons and an Indian man were also arrested.

Suspected drug gang members charged

Police have charged six people who are believed to be part of a drug trafficking gang suppling cocaine to the North East.

Officers made several arrests during raids on properties in Redcar & Cleveland, Durham and Liverpool on Wednesday.

Six people have now been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

They're expected to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court this morning.