Teenager caught drug-driving TWICE just days after passing his test is banned from driving for three years
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A Cambridgeshire teenager has been banned from driving for three years after he was caught drug-driving TWICE, just days after taking off his L plates.
Mahub Pabel of Fallowfield, Cambridge was caught for the first time by police officers just five days after passing his driving test.
The 19-year-old was spotted by an officer on August 9 driving his Renault Clio “erratically” along Green End Road in Cambridge.
A court heard how Pabel was seen driving onto Water Street and then Fallowfield near his home, where he was stopped. Officers said he “smelt strongly of cannabis”.
Pabel failed the roadside drug test and was arrested. He was then taken to Parkside police station, where a further blood test was carried out.
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The test results revealed a reading of 6.8 micrograms of cannabis per litre of blood – more than three times the legal limit of 2 micrograms.
He was released under investigation but on Sunday, October 14, he was spotted by police driving erratically once again, in Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge.
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One of the officers recognised the registration of Pabel’s Renault Clio after seeing the vehicle being driven erratically the night before – but being unable to stop it.
The court heard how Pabel was stopped in Topper Street and an officer smelt cannabis coming from the vehicle as soon as the driver’s door was open.
Pabel failed a roadside test and was taken again to Parkside but refused to provide a specimen of blood for analysis.
At Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday (October 15), Pabel pleaded guilty to driving with a proportion of a controlled drug above the specified limit, as well as failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
He was given a 12-month community order, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £170 in associated court costs. Pabel was also disqualified from driving.
PC Edd Davidson Smith said: “This case highlights that, unfortunately, there are still people who think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs.
“Those who do so risk not only their own lives but also those of any passengers and other road users.
“Driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol brings a much higher risk of a serious collision.”
The penalties for drug driving are the same as those for drink driving. If convicted, motorists could lose their licence, be fined up to £5,000 and even face a prison sentence.
Police are asking for the public’s help in targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink and drugs.
People are being urged to help catch those under the influence by using the confidential reporting line - 0800 032 0845, which is available 24/7, or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-anti-social-driving