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Teenage driver who crashed into lamppost after smoking cannabis tells police: 'I'm stoned'



Teenage driver who crashed into lamppost after smoking cannabis tells police: 'I'm stoned'

Now the delivery driver has been hit with a driving ban







Teenager Benjamin Cartlidge crashed his car into a lamppost - after taking drugs.

The 18-year-old told police he was ‘stoned’ when officers arrived at the scene of the Newcastle collision.


Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard the incident happened at 2.15am.

Prosecutor Emma Thompson said: “Police were called to a report of a collision. This defendant, in a black Fiat Punto, had been in collision with a lamppost in Clayton Road.

“Police attended and asked the defendant if he had been drinking. He said, ‘No I haven’t been drinking, but I’m stoned.”


Cartlidge, of Repton Drive, Newcastle, tested positive for cannabis at the scene and tests later revealed he was over the specified driving limit. He pleaded guilty to drug-driving. The court heard had no previous convictions.


James Hulse, mitigating, said: “He was driving home and took a roundabout slightly faster than he should have done, in the wet. He slipped and hit a lamppost.


“He was fully co-operative with the police. He’s going to feel the full force of any disqualification as he is a delivery driver. He is working towards a management qualification.”

A reference from Cartlidge’s employer, which was read to the court, said: “He has excelled beyond expectations and is training for a management role. While he has been working, he has shown hard work, commitment and a passion to succeed.”

Magistrates fined Cartlidge £253 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months. He must also pay £135 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.







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A delivery driver? Would be under pressure to deliver pizza kebabs after pubs? he even said himself he was going too fast, he was probably on the bag too.

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2 hours ago, bongme said:

He said, ‘No I haven’t been drinking, but I’m a daft cunt.”



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