Flat tyre ends with dopey teen driver's arrest

Teenager Lewis Smith has been banned from the roads for 12 months after he was caught drug-driving. The 19-year-old had stopped in Dartmouth Avenue, Newcastle, at 12.25am on February 4 as he had a flat tyre.

Officers came across the car and spoke to the defendant. Prosecutor Natalie Merchant told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: "They noticed a strong smell of cannabis. He accepted he had smoked the drug four hours earlier."

The defendant was taken to custody where he gave a sample of blood. It gave a reading of THC, the cannabis breakdown, of 2.3 per litre of blood, against the legal limit of 2.

Smith, of Bamber Place, Chesterton, pleaded guilty to drug-driving.

Andrew Turnock, mitigating, said Smith had no previous convictions. He said the teenager was 'fractionally over' the legal limit. Mr Turnock said: "This young man had a flat tyre. There was a smell of cannabis. He said he had a few smokes of a joint before driving. He was taken to the police station and provided a sample of blood. He was fully co-operative.

"He knows driving while under the influence of a substance is going to be frowned upon."

Smith was fined £190 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £76 surcharge.

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