Magistrates have told a man caught drug driving that he needs to look at his lifestyle to avoid appearing before them again.
Prosecuting, Mrs Alex Mann said that while the 26-year-old man had no previous convictions he did have cautions for possession of drugs. “It seems to be they are always getting him in trouble.”
Mrs Mann told the court that police stopped the driver at around 7.30pm because of something wrong with his registration plate. On questioning him, they noticed the smell of cannabis and that his eyes were red.
Blood tests later revealed the man to have 4.7mcg Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (the active ingredient in cannabis) per litre of blood and 15mcg MDMA per litre of blood. The drug driving limits for the two compounds are 2mcg and 10mcg respectively.
Defending his client, David Norman said that the man had been to a party the previous evening where he had taken ecstasy and then later smoked a cannabis joint.
“He doesn’t think it’s a problem that he has,” said the solicitor.
“When he started driving he didn’t think he would be over the limit.”
“It wasn’t a high reading and it’s the first time in court for any offence whatsoever. He’s ashamed of his actions and he knows he has been very stupid. He’s a qualified tree surgeon, but finds it difficult to get any work.”
The driver, who lives in Colne, pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving on April 1. Chairwoman of the Bench in Burnley told him the effect of drugs did not miraculously disappear overnight.
“I have to say to you, you have to consider your lifestyle, perhaps.”
The Bench fined the man £120, ordered him to pay £85 costs, a £30 victim surcharge, and banned him from driving for 12 months.
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