Driving lesson

A stupid motorist’s dream of driving trucks for 10 years after smoking weed

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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