Man caught drug driving after seeing lunar eclipse
AN insurance broker who drove out from home to get a better view of a lunar eclipse was caught under the influence of cannabis.
Max James Hartle, 20, spent two hours with his girlfriend staring at the Blood Moon from a hill in Bollington, a court heard.
But on his drive home he was pulled over by police and tested positive for cannabis.
Hartle, of Glandon Drive, Cheadle Hulme, admitted drug driving at Macclesfield magistrates’ court on November 17.
Hartle told a court he was ‘furious with himself’ and was banned from driving for 12 months.
The court heard that Hartle was caught in his Renault Clio on Flash Lane, Bollington, at 1.50am on September 28.
Simon Morton, defending, said: “After work he called in to see some friends who were smoking a cannabis joint and he had a couple of tokes.
“He then spent the night with his girlfriend.
“It was the night of the Blood Moon and him and his girlfriend decided to drive to the highest point they could in Bollington.
“They spent a few hours looking at the moon and was driving home when he was pulled over.
“He is furious with himself. He has brought disgrace to himself and his family.”
●● Max Hartle drove because he wanted to get a better view of the blood moon