Drug stays in system for a long time, Shepparton magistrate tells guilty man.By Darren Linton
A magistrate has warned cannabis users the drug is detectable in their system for up to a month, putting them at greater risk of being caught drug-driving.
Magistrate Paul Smith made the remarks when sentencing a Shepparton teenager, who now had three convictions for the offence.
‘‘Of all the drugs it stays in your system for a heck of a long time,’’ he said.
Clayton James Pethybridge, 19, of Norris Crt, pleaded guilty at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday to one charge of exceeding the prescribed concentration of drugs while driving.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Les Oroszvary told the court the teenager was stopped on Midland Hwy at 4.10
A subsequent sample sent for testing was positive for cannabis.
Mr Smith told Pethybridge he had already accumulated a poor driving record and was at risk of going to jail.
‘‘This is your third offence, this is starting to get serious, to the point where I could put you in jail,’’ he said.
Mr Smith fined him $450 and cancelled his licence for six months.
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