Motorist Macauley Duncalf will have to put his career plans on hold after he was caught driving with cannabis in his system. The 22-year-old provided a positive drug hit when he was arrested by police.
Magistrates at the North Staffordshire Justice Center heard a blood test confirm he had traces of a Class B drug in his system. Duncalf told the court he intended to become a truck driver but said he could not apply for 10 years due to the mandatory driving ban he received.
Prosecutor Angela Trafford said: “Officers noticed a vehicle being driven by this defendant. They believed the defendant was traveling at high speed and followed him to a safe location.
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“When the vehicle stopped, police spoke to the accused and smelled cannabis in the car. He fully complied with a drug swab which tested positive.”
Duncalf, who currently works for a vehicle salvage company, was taken into custody where a blood sample was taken. Analysis revealed that he had the cannabis breakdown product THC in his system at a level above the legal limit.
Duncalf, of Westfield Avenue, Audley, said by the time he was arrested he had been cannabis-free for 36 hours and now knew he would still be affected. He was unrepresented by a lawyer in court, but told magistrates: ‘I wanted to get a HGV license but you can’t apply for 10 years after a ban.
Magistrates fined him £176 and banned him from driving for 12 months. Joanne Fox, bench chair, said: “You have shown maturity today by accepting your actions. It is a stain on your record. Driving under the influence of drugs is not acceptable. You have learned a very severe lesson.”
Duncalf must also pay £169 in court costs and charges.
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