Stoned driver caught after police spotted a big clue
Turbo technician James Hovarth said he regularly used drugs
A red and watery-eyed driver stopped by police was under the influence of cannabis.
James Hovarth’s Volkswagen Scirocco was pulled over at 9am on August 25.
Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, said: “As soon as the officers spoke with him they could smell a strong scent of cannabis and his eyes were red and watery.”
Hovarth was arrested and taken to Huddersfield Police Station after giving a positive roadside drug test.
He later gave a sample of blood which showed that he had 2.9 micrograms of delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol (cannabis derivative) per litre of blood.
This is over the legal limit of two micrograms.
Hovarth, of Broadgate Crescent in Almondbury, pleaded guilty to driving with a proportion of a controlled drug above the specified limit.
In November last year he was handed a nine month suspended jail term for possession of a drug with intent to supply it.
Paul Blanchard, mitigating, said that his client was stopped for routine checks but did admit to being a regular drug user.
He told magistrates that despite this he holds down a job as a turbo technician working with motor vehicles.
However, he is unsure if he will now be able to keep this role due to his conviction.
Magistrates banned Hovarth from driving for 12 months.
He was fined £200 and must pay £85 court costs and £32 victim surcharge.
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