The ‘silver lining’ of Herefordshire teenager’s sentencing


A TEEN has been banned from driving after he was caught driving with drugs on a residential street in Hereford.

Haydon Aitchison admitted driving with drugs when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Aitchison had been arrested after police spotted him driving a red Rover Metro on Hereford’s Green Street at 2.55am on August 30, prosecutor Eleanor Peart said.

The 19-year-old was arrested after failing a roadside drug test, and a conclusive blood test in custody revealed he had seven micrograms of the cannabis metabolite delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per liter of blood, three and a half times the legal limit of two.

Philip Cornell, for Aitchison, said the teenager is currently on a gap year choosing colleges after studying at art school.

“This conviction could have a positive side, because he is a sensible and intelligent young man,” Mr Cornell said.

“He stopped using cannabis at Christmas and no longer uses it at all.

“He told me at the time it happened that he used it quite regularly and it was part of his life, but that’s not the case anymore. I think that’s a good thing, and things look better for him now than they did then.

“He was very cooperative with the police and he didn’t screw up anyone.”

Aitchison, of Pembridge, Leominster, was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £120. He must also pay a fee of £135 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

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