Motorist caught with £300 of cannabis failed to complete drug-drive test

A motorist who was caught with £300 of cannabis and failed to give a drug-drive blood sample has been banned from driving for 18 months.

Monday, 14th August 2017, 2:47 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:16 pm
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Digby Cleaver, 61, was found by police in his car on Morven Avenue, Bolsover, after officers had been called out to a suspected collision, according to a Chesterfield magistrates’ court hearing.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, told the hearing on August 2: “The circumstances were just after 11pm, on February 12, when police received a report of a vehicle driving in Bolsover and that it may have collided with a lamppost.”

Police found Cleaver in a car, according to Mrs Allsop, and he gave a negative roadside breath test and officers became concerned and believed drugs may have been responsible. Mrs Allsop added police recovered 72.9grammes of cannabis resin with a street value of £300.

Cleaver registered below the legal limit during an intoxilyser procedure, according to Mrs Allsop, but was described as “pushing back on the tube” which suffered £10 of damage. The defendant subsequently refused to give blood as part of a drug test. Cleaver claimed his steering and brakes had locked before he collided with a wall and he admitted he had been smoking cannabis. The defendant, of Church Lane, Blo Norton, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, failing to provide a specimen and to causing criminal damage to the intoxilyser.

Bertie Mather, defending, said Cleaver, who has apologised no longer takes drugs and is bi-polar. District Judge Andrew Davison sentenced Cleaver to a 12 month community order with 120 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £10 compensation, £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.