People still think it’s ok to be under the influence as “its only weed”. Just no.
Driver sped down wrong side of the street
and crashed in front of police
A youngster who was three-times the cannabis-driving limit drove down the wrong side of the street past an off-duty traffic cop – before crashing his car in front of an off-duty PCSO coming the other way.
Swansea Magistrates Court heard the off-duty policeman – an advanced police driver of some 17-years standing – was stuck in traffic on the A4240 on the afternoon of March 15.
As he neared the Murco garage on the outskirts of the town he heard the sound of heavy revving from behind him.
A Ford Puma then passed the line of vehicles at speed, driving down the wrong side of the road towards on-coming traffic.
Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, said a PCSO was driving in the opposite direction at the time – heading for Morriston police station to start her shift – and saw the Puma driving directly towards her.
The court heard the driver of the Puma, Ashley Jordan Cann, then lost control of his car outside the Riverside pub, collided with two vehicles, and span 180 degrees in the carriageway to end up facing the way he had come.
Cann and a female passenger got out of the Puma and made-off on foot towards a nearby supermarket.
The court heard the off-duty traffic cop gave chase, and managed to catch the passenger. Cann was detained by another officer who arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. A subsequent test showed 20-year-old Cann had six micrograms of THC, the active compound in cannabis, per litre of blood – the legal limit being two micrograms. Cann, of Swansea, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with a specified controlled drug above a specified limit, possessing cannabis, and to driving without a licence or insurance. District judge Neale Thomas, sitting at the Magistrates court, said that given the seriousness of the incident his powers of sentencing were insufficient to deal with the case, and he committed the matters to Swansea Crown Court.
Cann was given an interim driving ban until he is sentenced.
Source: Wales Online