Drug-driver's £1,200 goes up in smoke after he's caught with no insurance in Northampton town centre

Magistrates hit 26-year-old with massive fine and one-year ban

Magistrates hit a motorist with a ban and whopping fine after he was caught driving in Northampton town centre with no insurance after smoking cannabis.

The court heard Arif Syed Ahmed, aged 26, initially failed to stop his Honda Civic after being told to by a Police officer in Horsemarket on July 13 last year.

Tests later showed the proportion of a controlled drug, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, in his blood was 2.9 microgrammes per litre of blood — 0.9 over the legal limit,

Police stopped Ahmed in Horsemarket in July last year

Ahmed pleaded guilty to all three charges

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol — better known to cannabis users simply as THC — is the marijuana plant's primary component for causing psychoactive effects.

Northamptonshire magistrates banned Ahmed, of Merthyr Road, Northampton, for 12 months and fined him £416 for the drugs offence plus a further £625 for having no insurance.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £104 surcharge to fund victim services.

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