Rubber-necking Sheffield drug-driver banned from the roads
A drug-driver has been banned from the roads for three years after he came to the attention of police as he hit a kerb while rubber-necking at the aftermath of a collision in Sheffield
Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday, July 28 how Nawar Hasson, aged 32, of Margate Drive, Grimesthorpe,Sheffield, was spotted clipping a kerb as he drove an Audi along Owler Lane, Fir Vale.
He was approached by police officers on nearby Wensley Street after he parked up.
Robert Coyne, prosecuting the case, said officers could smell cannabis coming from the vehicle and Hasson tested positive for having the class B drug in his system in a roadside test.
Mr Coyne added: “There was a positive indication of cannabis and as such he was arrested on suspicion of driving over the limit.”
Hasson later tested positive for cannabis after a blood test.
The defendant, who has a previous conviction for driving while unfit through drink, pleaded guilty to exceeding the drug-drive limit after the incident on October 29, 2020.
Hasson, who represented himself in court, told magistrates he had been at a birthday party the night before and he had smoked cannabis.
He said he had not realised that the drug can stay in your system for two to three days afterwards.
He explained that he struck the kerb while on Owler Lane because he was distracted while looking at the aftermath of an accident on the road.
Magistrates fined Hasson £120 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Hasson was also disqualified from driving for three years.
Cannabis smoked as a one-off will show up in a urine test for around two to three days.
But it can remain detectable for up to a month for regular users.