Teenager was under the influence of cannabis

– Crime

A teenager has been banned from driving and fined £1,000 for driving while under the influence of cannabis.

Thomas Ambrose McCartney, of Rosemount, Douglas, admitted the offence after a blood test produced a result of seven micrograms of THC.

There is no legal limit in the island but the UK legal limit is two micrograms which can be used for guidance.

The 19-year-old was banned by High Bailiff Jayne Hughes for 18 months with an order to retake his test at the end of the ban.

Prosecuting advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the court that police saw McCartney driving a Mini Cooper at Woodbourne Road in Douglas on September 24 at 12.20am.

He was said to be driving at speed and drove wide around a bend on Bucks Road which resulted in police following him.

At Kensington Avenue he went through a stop sign and police then saw him stop the car and get out.

A smell of cannabis was said to be coming from the vehicle and his pupils were dilated.

A tin was found in the car with a trace of the drug in it.

At police headquarters he passed a breathalyser test but blood was taken and a subsequent toxicology report showed the result of seven micrograms.

Defence advocate Paul Glover said that his client’s only previous brush with the law was a fixed penalty notice in January.

Mr Glover said that McCartney was a full-time student at University College Isle of Man and also worked part-time in a shop.

’This is his first time and hopefully the last time before a court for any offences,’ said the advocate.

High Bailiff Mrs Hughes told the teenager: ’I don’t know how long it took you to pass your driving test but you’ve thrown it away.’

McCartney must also pay £125 prosecution costs. He will pay the fine and costs at a rate of £100 per month.