Magistrates in Cambridgeshire have banned a teenager from driving for three years after he was caught drug driving twice in as many months.
The 19-year-old was first caught just five days after passing his test when a police officer spotted him driving his Renault Clio “erratically” in Cambridge on August 9.
The officer followed the defendant as he drove towards his home before stopping him where the officer said the lad “smelt strongly of cannabis”.
After failing a roadside drug test, the teenager was taken to Parkside police station where blood tests were taken, showing him to have 6.8mcg cannabis per litre of blood – more than three times the legal drug driving limit of 2mcg.
The defendant was released pending further investigation, however, was spotted driving erratically once more on October 14.
One of the officers who saw him on the 14th recognised the vehicle as one he had seen driving erratically the night before but had been unable to stop him.
The prosecution told the court that the defendant was once again stopped and officers could smell cannabis as soon as the driver’s door was open.
Once again, the teenager failed a roadside drugs test but refused to provide a blood specimen for analysis following his arrest.
PC Edd Davidson Smith said: “This case highlights that, unfortunately, there are still people who think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs.
“Those who do so risk not only their own lives but also those of any passengers and other road users.
“Driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol brings a much higher risk of a serious collision.”
After pleading guilty to driving with a proportion of a controlled drug above the specified limit as well as failing to provide a specimen for analysis, Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order for 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered the defendant to pay £170 costs. They also banned him from driving for three years.
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