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Ban for teen caught driving father's car in 'unsteady manner' after taking cannabis

An 18-year-old uninsured and unlicensed driver has been banned from the roads for 15 months after being stopped in his father's car while high on cannabis.

Kian Barnard was seen driving in an 'unsteady manner'. Stock photo

Kian Barnard of Chestnut Grove, Ludlow, was pulled over in his father's Vauxhall Combo on Weeping Cross Lane on April 2 this year.

Telford Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday morning that officers spotted the vehicle being driven in an "unsteady manner" at around 7.40pm.

After checks revealed there was no insurance on the Vauxhall, officers pulled the vehicle over and noticed a "strong smell of cannabis" coming from the cabin, prosecutor Maggie Meakin told magistrates.

Police officers took a sample from Cian, who they had ascertained only had a provisional driving licence, and he was found to have over the legally prescribed limit for tetrahydrocannabinol - the active ingredient in cannabis - in his blood.

After admitting driving while on cannabis and having no licence, magistrates disqualified Kian from the road for 15 months.

He was also ordered to pay £471 in fines and surcharges.

Chair of the bench, Alan Parkhurst, told the 18-year-old: "I am hoping you have learned a very, very difficult lesson this morning."

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