Shropshire Star

'There's no excuse for putting myself and others at risk': Drug driver banned for a year

A drug driver who was found to have nearly three times the limit of cannabis in his system has taken responsibility for his actions in court.


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Alexandru Manolache, aged 45, of New Street, Shrewsbury, was stopped in the town centre at 11.15pm on November 17, 2023 and found to have a level of 5.7 of cannabis in his blood when the limit is two.

He pleaded guilty to drug driving a Vauxhall Astra when he appeared at Telford Magistrates Court on Tuesday .

"I take responsibility for it," said Manolache, representing himself through a Romanian interpreter.

"There is no excuse for putting myself and others at risk."

The court was told that he was a driver and would have to look for other work.

Magistrates banned him from driving for 12 months and fined him £100.

He has also been ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a victims' surcharge of £48.

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