A MAN who admitted smoking cannabis before driving his car has been banned from the road.
Connor McKenner appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court for a trial after denying driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs.
When officers pulled him over, they conducted a preliminary impairment test and his performance was appalling.Prosecutor Alicia Kean
But on the morning of the trial he changed his plea to guilty.
Prosecutor Alicia Kean said McKenner was pulled over by officers at 11.45pm on October 10 last year after he was seen changing speed several times from 20mph to 30mph for no apparent reason.
She said the car had a strong smell of cannabis and McKenner ‘had a blank stare’.
The court heard the defendant failed a roadside sobriety test carried out by the officers and was taken to the police station to give a sample, which tested positive for cannabis.
Ms Kean said: ‘When officers pulled him over, they conducted a preliminary impairment test and his performance was appalling.
‘He was arrested and taken to the police station.
‘A further test was carried out and it was concluded that there was some sort of impairment due to drugs.’
Defending, Howard Barrington-Clark said McKenner, 21, admitted taking cannabis around six hours before he was pulled over by police.
McKenner, of Beryton Road, in Gosport, was fined £130 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
He had to pay court costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Hampshire Constabulary launched a new campaign this week to crack down on drug and drink-driving.
Road safety lead Sgt Rob Heard said: ‘Driving while unfit through alcohol or drugs not only puts you in danger but other road users and pedestrians as well.
‘Could you live with yourself knowing you were responsible for injuring or killing someone because you couldn’t properly control your vehicle?
‘Even if you’re not involved in a collision, we have officers on patrol who know exactly what to look for to spot drivers under the influence.
‘Once caught, if you don’t get sent to prison it’s likely you’ll be fined and banned from driving.
‘That’s not to mention the increased insurance costs and impact on your personal life and job. Put simply, it’s really not worth the risk.’