A 27-year-old Holbeach Clough man who has been smoking cannabis as a painkiller following injuries sustained in a hit and run accident 11 years ago, was found to be more than three times over the drug limits for driving.
Arran Lee Chambers of Clough Road, admitted driving with seven microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The legal limit is two.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Chambers was seen by police to overtake a car in his X-Type Jaguar on the wrong side of bollards on the A16 Spalding Road at Surfleet at 12.35am on November 18.
Mitigating, Carrie Simpson said Chambers, who has no previous convictions, was full of remorse and had not realised he was over the limit or that his driving was impaired in any way.
She said he had never used cannabis before he was involved in a hit and run road accident 11 years ago which left him with nerve damage and muscle wastage.
“He is on permanent painkillers and still has to have physiotherapy,” she said “and cannabis alleviates the pain.”
She said Chambers worked 10 miles from his home so, as he is unable to cycle, it was probable he would lose his employment. “He is a victim of a crime himself,” she added.
He was banned for a year and ordered him to pay £120 and £115 in costs and charges.