Another offender caught driving under the influence of cannabis

Sunday 25th September 2022 4:13 pm
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Another offender has appeared in court after being caught driving under the influence of cannabis.

Lewis William Charles Evans was fined £800 and banned from driving for two years.

He was also ordered by High Bailiff Jayne Hughes to take an extended driving test at the end of his ban.

Prosecuting advocate Roger Kane told the court that police stopped Evans, aged 20, while he was driving a Mercedes A180 at Hillberry, Onchan, on the Mountain Road on April 16 at 9.25am.

He told officers he had smoked cannabis two days earlier and a subsequent drug wipe test proved positive for the class B drug.

After being arrested and taken to police headquarters, Evans provided a sample of blood which later produced a result of 4.1. The legal limit for cannabis is two.

Mr Kane said that Evans was also not displaying his R plates at the time but no charge had been brought in relation to that.

A probation report said that Evans was employed as a groundworker, driving and operating machinery.

He told probation that he had been at a party the previous evening and had smoked cannabis but thought he would be ok to drive the following day.

The report said that Evans, who lives at Greenlands Avenue, Ramsey, had used cannabis to combat anxiety but no longer used it.

Defence advocate Sara-Jayne Dodge handed in letters of reference for her client and said that he was likely to lose his job as a result of the offence and the inevitable driving ban.

The court heard that he has no previous convictions.

High Bailiff Mrs Hughes also ordered Evans to pay £125 prosecution costs which he will pay, along with the fine, at a rate of £10 per week.

Since drug wipes tests have been available to the police earlier this year, dozens of people have appeared before the courts charged with driving under the influence of cannabis.

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