A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to twelve months in prison, suspended for two years, after speeding away from police while under the influence of cannabis.
Police officers on patrol in an unrelated operation noticed a red Peugeot driving up and down a road in a suspicious manner, leading them to pursue, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.
They decided to pull the vehicle over, flashing their blue lights in instruction; however Daniel Edwards instead accelerated away from them, said Robert Edwards for the prosecution. Although he was not speeding excessively at first, he then accelerated further, reaching speeds of 65mph in a 40mph zone.
Edwards finally crashed at a junction where he collided with shopkeeper Mohammed Youseff’s VW Golf, knocking Youseff unconscious and injuring his ribs and feet, as well as badly damaging his car.
Mr Edwards then told how the defendant was found to be in possession of a small quantity of cannabis and failed a roadside drug test administered by the police. After being tested at the police station, he was found to be five times the legal limit. The alcohol breath test came back negative.
On his arrest, Daniel Edwards told the police that while he had seen their blue light, but panicked because of the drugs in his possession, although he claimed he had not been speeding.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving under the influence of drugs, failing to stop driving without insurance, and possession of a class B drug.
Representing the defendant, Paul Smith said his client was reducing his use of cannabis, had a job working with a local company and no previous convictions, adding that the possible penalty for his actions had acted as a “salutary lesson”.
Judge Jim Tindal described Edwards’ judgement on that day as “appalling”, and said he should not have been behind the wheel of his car. He believes that the defendant was in court as a result of “hanging around with the wrong people” and getting into smoking cannabis.
Edward’s was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for two years in addition to his suspended sentence.
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