A MAN who was caught with an ounce of crack cocaine has been jailed for three years and seven months.
Paul Bostock, 27, tried to throw a package containing the Class A drug out of his car as he was followed by police on July 9 last year.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Bostock was pulled over by officers on suspicion of dangerous driving as he drove through Grantham.
Bostock, of Larch Close, Grantham, was later cleared of the dangerous driving charge, but admitted possessing the crack cocaine with intent to supply others.
Chris Milligan, mitigating, told the court Bostock had moved away from drugs and turned his life around since being stopped by the police.
He said: “Mr Bostock obtained employment with a building company in the weeks before he was due to be sentenced.
“That employer has given him a good reference and states they would employ him again once he is released.
“He wants to put his offending behind him.”
Judge Sean Morris initially banned Bostock from driving from three years, but reversed the disqualification after hearing he would need his licence for work once he gets out of a jail.
Mr Milligan added: “Mr Bostock could come out of prison after serving around half of his sentence, but would be unable to work as his employers would expect him to drive a building lorry.”
Passing sentence, Judge Morris told Bostock he was willing to let him keep his driving licence.
Judge Morris said: “It will give him a chance to earn a living rather than return to drugs.”