A man has been convicted of drug driving by Kirklees Magistrates after he was caught driving while using his mobile phone.
Police officers saw the motorist using his phone on February 20 in Dewsbury and pulled him over before noticing the smell of cannabis coming from his Audi.
Andy Willis told the court for the prosecution: “He initially caught the attention of police because he was using his mobile at the time.
“The defendant was invited into the back of the police vehicle and while speaking to him they could smell cannabis coming from him.”
The man was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after a roadside drug swipe showed the presence of the class B drug in his system.
Subsequent blood tests showed the driver, who appeared in court in 2016 on possession charges, to have more than 7mcg D9-THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – in his system. The legal limit is 2mcg.
Daniel Metcalfe, mitigating, explained that his client had been driving to see his daughter who was unwell.
“He had smoked cannabis in the morning and made the decision to drive the vehicle not feeling that he was impaired.
“The reason police were drawn to him was because he was fiddling with his mobile phone and not due to a poor standard of driving.”
The man pleaded guilty to drug driving and was banned from the roads for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
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