Stratford bus driver walks free from drug charge

A bus driver from Stratford accused of driving passengers while high on cannabis walked free from court last month.

Southwark Crown Court discontinued the case of Sarfraz Khan, from John Barnes Walk, on July 20.

He was prosecuted on November 27, 2009 after a revenue inspector boarded the Number 30 bus at Marble Arch at 8.50am to carry out a random ticket check.

The inspector called the police after he smelt cannabis on the bottom deck and he claimed Khan had a “fixed stare.”

Khan pleaded not guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs, saying that he failed the roadside drugs tests because the surface of the road was slippery and he was “freezing and shivering” due to the poor weather conditions.

Khan, 28, said: “Everything I had built up over the years was taken away from me in an instant and now I’m just waiting to get my life back.

“I’ve got friends coming round who obviously thought, ‘this guy has done something wrong’ but now they’re bringing stuff round for me and I’m just over the moon.

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“It’s restored my faith in the British legal system at a time when I lost my faith in everything, really.”