A West Bridgford man was banned from driving after smoking cannabis and getting stopped by police who suspected he was going too quickly.
Keiran O’Donoghue passed a drink-drive test when stopped on Wilford Lane, Ruddington, magistrates heard today (Tuesday 24 January).
He later gave a blood sample, which revealed cannabis in his system.
A small amount of the drug was found in his vehicle, said Miss Annelli Pritchard, prosecuting in Nottingham.
As well as the 26-month driving ban, the magistrates imposed a one-year probation order on O’Donoghue, 27, of Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford. He admitted driving with seven micrograms of cannabis in a litre of blood, five above the legal limit, and having cannabis in the vehicle.
Vicky Clayton, mitigating, said: “He has feelings of being overwhelmed because of his debts. He suffers from anxiety and depression.”
On the night of the offences, he had been to a friend’s house where “he smoked half a cannabis cigarette and drove the short distance to his home.”
She told the magistrates: “He has smoked cannabis from time to time in the past, particularly because he suffers from depression. He has been prescribed medication by his GP but it doesn’t agree with him and he uses cannabis instead.”
O’Donoghue was unaware of the new laws which set a legal limit for drugs in the bodies of motorists, in the same way as drink driving rules were imposed.
He feared the disqualification would mean losing his job as a barman because part of his duties involved bringing drinks to the premises.
Miss Clayton added: “It is a great shame he is likely to have to go back and sort out further employment as a result of this.”
Presiding magistrate Daniel Macdonald-Junor said the bench had reduced the length of the disqualification because he pleaded guilty promptly. They ordered the destruction of the cannabis found in the vehicle.