Drunk Driver who Crashed his Car Had Stash Of Cannabis

PUBLISHED: 11:32 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

DRINK driver Thomas Constable had a stash of more than £400-worth of cannabis on him after he crashed his car in Ely. Constable, who works as a building labourer, had bought the drugs in bulk to save himself some money, city magistrates were told. He bou

DRINK driver Thomas Constable had a stash of more than £400-worth of cannabis on him after he crashed his car in Ely.

Constable, who works as a building labourer, had bought the drugs in bulk to save himself some money, city magistrates were told.

"He bought the drugs in bulk because it was cheaper, and told police it would last him about a month," said prosecutor Sally Hickling. "He said he had bought the cannabis the previous day."

Constable, 22, of Ten Mile Bank, Littleport, admitted possessing the class C drug in Ely on November 15, and driving a Ford Mondeo when over the alcohol limit.

"Constable told police he had been out in Ely and drank some alcohol," added Ms Hickling.

"He was driving from High Barns into Lynn Road when he was involved in an accident, and the drugs were found in his pocket, and in the vehicle. One package of drugs weighed 74 grams and was worth £420 on the street," she said. "A second pack weighed 3.3grams and was worth £10."

Constable told police he had paid £400 for the drugs, for his personal use. He had previous convictions for possessing cannabis resin and methadone.

Solicitor Michael Judkins said Constable had "drunk more than he should have done to drive home."

His car was written off in the accident, caused when he misjudged a roundabout.

Mr Judkins claimed the drugs cost Constable £200. "He regrets and is very sorry for what he has done," he said. "He realises he has been very stupid."

Constable was fined a total of £335; he was banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £43 costs and a £15 surcharge. The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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