Cannabis driver is banned

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A MAN was found to be under the influence of drugs following a bad car crash.

Police smelled cannabis and found an empty snap-bag in the footwell of Darren Lovell’s VW Golf after it was in collision with a Peugeot on June 25.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the Peugeot had come to rest on its roof following the smash – but there was no indication that the defendant’s driving had caused the smash.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, told how both Lovell, 21, who was arrested at the scene, and the driver of the Peugeot were treated by paramedics before being taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital.

He subsequently failed an impairment test, and a sample of his blood was sent off for expert forensic analysis. The results were consistent with Lovell being under the influence of cannabis at the time of the crash.

Defending, Bob Topping said his client warranted credit for pleading guilty as soon as the forensic results were released. He added that his client had now stopped using cannabis.

Magistrates banned Lovell, of Sussex Place, Tyldesley, from driving for 17 months, fined him £110, and ordered him to pay £125 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.