A FITNESS trainer caught with heroin and crack cocaine after a police chase has been landed with a £3,000 bill by a judge.
Matthew Cornwall, 28, was fined £2,000 with a further £1,000 costs following his conviction by a jury last month on charges of possessing the drugs,
Imposing the fine Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he believed Cornwall was actually involved in drug dealing in Tewkesbury at the time of his arrest.
But he said Cornwall had not been charged with that or convicted of it so he had to deal with him purely for possession.
Cornwall, formerly of Laburnum Road, Gloucester, but now living in Quedgeley, works at the gym at GL1 and has set up his own business as a personal trainer, Gloucester Crown Court was told.
At Cornwall's trial Judge Tabor criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for not charging him and two other men with conspiracy to supply drugs
Cornwall had been arrested when police pursued his car through Tewkesbury after an off duty officer suspected drug dealing was being done in the vehicle.
But the prosecution decided only to charge Cornwall with simple possession of heroin and crack cocaine found on the driver's seat when the car was stopped.
Cornwall denied possession of £160 worth of crack cocaine and £60 worth of heroin on February 15 last year.
"He is extremely lucky that he and the others were not charged with conspiracy to supply," said Judge Tabor.
The jury heard how off duty policeman Mike Ahearn was parking his car in East Street Tewkesbury that afternoon when a Vauxhall Astra parked immediately behind him,
The officer could see in his mirror that £20 notes were being passed by one man in the car to another - and a brown envelope was handed over.
Pc Ahearn was sure he was witnessing a drug transaction so he called police and patrol cars turned up. The Astra drove away and was signalled to stop but did not do so and there was then a short chase.
Pc Ahearn assisted with the chase in his own vehicle and the Astra was stopped in Chance street and the three occupants were arrested.
During the chase Cornwall was seen to be putting something under his bottom on his driver's seat.
Stephen Thomas, defending, handed the court a letter from Cornwall. He said it showed that Cornwall was now a lot more mature than he had been a year ago.
He also pointed out Cornwall has not been in trouble since last February and is proud that he is now building his own personal training business.
Told that Cornwall had given a lift to two old school friends on the day of the offence and did not know what they were up to the judge retorted "I don't believe that. I think he knew precisely what they were doing."
Mr Thomas said Cornwall, who has a four-year-old daughter, moved in with his partner in Quedgeley last year and had a lot going for him.
Imposing the fines, Judge Tabor said "I don't want to see you again."