A MAN who was caught driving under the influence of cannabis has been banned from driving for a year.
Ian Andrew Owen, 23, of Glanrafon in Rhos, appeared before Wrexham magistrates yesterday where he admitted possessing cannabis and driving while unfit through drugs.
The first offence occurred in the early hours of July 25. Owen was seen by police officers driving his Peugeot 106 through Rhos on Stryt Las towards Wrexham.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said: “Police saw him turn left without indicating and taking the junction wider than he should.
“The vehicle was pulled over and officers could smell a very strong smell of cannabis before they even opened the door of the car.
“He was handcuffed and a bag of cannabis resin was found.
“He underwent a number of impairment tests in police custody, most of which he failed.”
Then while Owen was on bail pending the result of blood tests, police again saw him driving through Rhos on Mountain Street.
They smelt cannabis, the car was stopped and a small bag of cannabis was recovered from the driver’s side door handle.
Mr Ellis said: “The defendant said ‘that’s mine, I’ve just bought it.’ He said he knew it was illegal and bought it for his own personal use.”
Ceri Evans, defending, said Owen was tried to keep himself out of trouble but he had smoked cannabis for a number of years.
She said: “He has struggled to find work in the past six months.
“When he has time on his hands and when he’s not working is when he’s prone to buying cannabis.
“In July, he’d had a joint of cannabis and decided he wanted to go to McDonalds to get some food.
“In August, he has been with his friend again in his car.
“He feels he has become a bit of an easy target for the police.
“On both occasions, it was quantities worth £5 and £10 so we’re not talking large quantities.”
Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.
As well as banning him from driving, they ordered that Owen should pay a total of £170 costs, £146 in fines and also a £20 victim surcharge.