18-year-old appears in court for driving under the influence of drugs

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock image). Picture: GREGG BROWN

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court (stock image). Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

An 18-year-old man appeared in court yesterday (JANUARY 8) after being charged with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs.

An 18-year-old man appeared in court today after being charged with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs.

Suffolk Magistrates Court heard that John Glendenning, who lives in Old Church Road, Woodbridge was found driving a Volkswagen Polo in The Port of Felixstowe Road after smoking cannabis on September 3 last year and again in Station Road on October 20.

Glendenning pleaded guilty to both offences and the court heard that he had since stopped smoking drugs and started going to a therapist.

Glendenning was disqualified from driving for 12 months and 18 months and was told to pay £445 to the court.

Magistrate Anne Tyler said: “I have listened very carefully to everything that has been said in court today.

“I have taken into account your early guilty plea and congratualate you for stopping smoking cannabis and getting help. I hope that continues.

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“What makes this case particularly serious is that you were caught again doing the same thing so soon after the first offence.

“And I am glad that you seem to have realised how serious this is.

“For the first offence, you will be disqualified for 12 months and for the second offence, disqualified for 18 months.

“You will also have to pay a £130 fine and £85 victim sur charge and another £200 fine, meaning you owe £445 in total to the courts.”

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