A teenager has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drug driving twice in as many months, with the first just days after he passed his driving test.
A police officer spotted the 19-year-old driving his Renault Clio “erratically” in Cambridge on August 9.
Following the defendant as he drove home, the officer finally pulled him over and said that on opening the driver’s side door it “smelt strongly of cannabis”.
The teenager failed a roadside drug test and police took him to Parkside police station for blood tests which showed him to have 6.8mcg cannabis per litre of blood. The legal limit for drug driving is 2mcg.
After he was released pending further enquiries, police then spotted him again a few weeks later on October 14. One of the officers recognised his vehicle as one he had seen driving erratically the previous night but had been unable to pursue him at the time.
Once again, the court heard that the defendant was stopped and officers could again smell cannabis as soon as the door was opened.
The young man failed another roadside drugs test but refused to provide a specimen for analysis.
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.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to drug driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. Magistrates ordered him to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order as well as ordering him to pay £170 costs. He was also banned from driving for three years.
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