Driver of car had taken diazepam and cannabis

There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.
There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.

The driver of a car which had ended up at an angle in the middle of the road had taken diazepam and cannabis.

Ryan Pepper (21), Westland Road, Portadown was jailed for three months and banned from driving for 12 months for driving while unfit on March 13 last year.

A concurrent three month custody term and a six month ban were imposed for no insurance and he was fined £100 for not having a licence.

The court heard that at 2.30am on the Lake Road, Craigavon, police saw a car which was weaving across the road.

They signalled for it to stop but it drove up onto the grass verge, then right onto the road before stopping in the middle of the road.

There was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from the car and Pepper, who was the driver, was unsteady on his feet.

He admitted it was his vehicle and he did not have a licence or insurance.

A breath sample was negative for alcohol but a blood sample tested positive for diazepam and cannabis.

A solicitor representing Pepper said he got diazepam on prescription and would say that he had smoked a cannabis joint.

She added that the manner of his driving would be from his cannabis use and some bravado because of the other people in the car.

The solicitor said Pepper’s record contained 80 convictions with a myriad of offences from 2010.

She added that Pepper was in custody and was due to be released at the start of May. He would be trying to turn things around once he gets out of prison.