Diesel-scented drugs man dodges jail

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A MAN was arrested by police who thought he had been trying to steal cars.

When officers stopped Richard Brown on a Sunderland street he smelled strongly of diesel.

The 40-year-old hadn’t been tampering with any cars, but did have a bag of white powder on him.

Brown, of Williams Terrace, Sunderland told officers it was cocaine, but they did not test the substance.

He was charged with attempting to possess a class A drug and pleaded guilty at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Brown was fined £85 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said: “To his credit, he effectively gave the police the drugs.

“He has been working on his friend’s car and stunk of diesel.”