Sheffield stabbing survivor who uses cannabis to keep calm caught drug-driving

A traumatised stabbing survivor who uses cannabis to keep calm has been caught drug-driving.

By Jon Cooper
Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 3:00 pm

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on October 6 how Ashley Lloyd Blake, 35, of Mason Lathe Road, Sheffield, was driving a BMW when he was stopped by police on Stubbin Road, Rotherham, and was found to be over the specified drug-drive limit for a cannabis derivative.

Charlotte Hanson, prosecuting, said officers were on patrol on Stubbin Road, Rotherham, and saw a BMW being driven by the defendant and he was stopped under suspicion of driving while disqualified and they could smell cannabis.

Blake failed a roadside swipe test and later registered just over the drug-drive limit for the cannabis derivative delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

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A traumatised Sheffield stabbing survivor who uses cannabis to keep calm has been caught drug-driving in South Yorkshire.

The defendant, who was not disqualified from driving at the time but has a previous conviction for drink-driving, pleaded guilty to exceeding the drug-drive limit after the incident on April 18.

Kathryn Lill, defending, said Blake had a stable life until about four years ago when he was stabbed and his life became extremely difficult but he has benefited from seeing a support worker.

Blake has been suffering with depression, night terrors and possibly PTSD but he has been turning his life around and has his own business, according to Ms Lill.

Ms Lill added Blake smokes cannabis is to temper the terrors and he had only smoked the night before he was caught drug-driving.

Magistrates fined Blake £500 and he was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge. He was also banned from driving for three years.

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