Drug-driver caught af­ter in­surance query

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

A‘ TA L K AT I V E ’ driver ad­mit­ted driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of cannabis af­ter be­ing taken to a po­lice sta­tion over an in­surance query.

Daniel Roberts, 26, was stopped by po­lice in a car park near their sta­tion in Mac­cles­field town cen­tre, a court heard. They asked the de­fen­dant, of Pen­rith Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, to go into the po­lice sta­tion to dis­cuss the mat­ter but while he was there he ap­peared too ‘talk­a­tive’, a court heard. Of­fi­cers sus­pected he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and he tested pos­i­tive for cannabis

At a hear­ing at Stock­port Mag­is­trates Court, Roberts ad­mit­ted the of­fence and told the court ‘the law’s the law’.

Prose­cut­ing, Eileen Rodgers, said: “Of­fi­cers were on duty near the car park at Mac­cles­field po­lice sta­tion and saw a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling to­wards Jor­dan­gate and pull into the car park at Royal Mail.

“They pulled it over and spoke to the de­fen­dant about the in­surance on the car and asked him to come into the po­lice sta­tion to speak about the mat­ter.

“While he was there he was very talk­a­tive to­wards the of­fi­cers and they thought he might have been un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

“They did a swab test which tested pos­i­tive for cannabis.

“He was ar­rested and com­pleted a blood test which showed 3.5 mi­cro­grammes of cannabis when the le­gal limit is two [mi­cro­grammes].

“There were no other drugs in his sys­tem.

“The rea­son he was stopped in the first place was the ve­hi­cle showed it was reg­is­tered to him but had no in­surance and they were try­ing to as­cer- tain that.”

Roberts pleaded guilty to the of­fence of driv­ing with cannabis in his blood above the spec­i­fied limit on De­cem­ber 31 last year.

De­fend­ing him­self in court, he said: “I’m guilty, my bloods were over, there’s noth­ing to ar­gue. The law’s the law.

“It’s there for a rea­son. I’m sorry.

“I used to smoke a lot, but I’ve re­ally cut down.

“I got a li­cence to do MOTs and cannabis was bring­ing me down.

“I’ve had to cut down but I’m sorry to say that I’d not cut down be­fore this in­ci­dent.”

Mag­is­trates handed Roberts a £300 fine.

They banned him from driv­ing for 12 months.

‘I’m guilty, my bloods were over, there’s noth­ing to ar­gue’

Poyn­ton High School stu­dents and staff with their do­na­tions for the food bank

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