The Growth Op
August 21, 2020
A man in Pembrokeshire, Wales has become a familiar face to police who caught him driving while smoking cannabis three times in as many weeks.
For the repeat transgressions, 27-year-old Anthony Joseph Thompson was recently disqualified from driving for three years, Pembroke and Pembroke Dock Observer reports.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 6 this year when Thompson and two other passengers were stopped for driving without the vehicle’s rear lights on. Officers were tipped off when they went to the car and the distinct smell of marijuana tipped was evident.
Thompson was swabbed and the results came back positive for cannabis resulting in his arrest on suspicion of drug driving. He was later released under investigation after a blood sample was taken for analysis.
Less than two weeks later, on Jan. 18, Thompson was pulled over again, this time for not wearing a seat belt and because one of the vehicle’s side mirrors was missing.
Very much like the first incident, the car again smelled of cannabis smoke, leading to another swab that this time came back positive for the drug. He was arrested for a second time and released once a blood sample was taken.
Having already been under investigation for the two prior offences, Thompson was last checked on Jan. 26 after failing to pass a roadside drug swab for cannabis, which, once again, resulted in his arrest and a third blood sample being taken.
The results from all of the blood samples revealed that Thompson was driving while over the drug limit on each of the three occasions.
After his first court summons in late July, he was disqualified for driving for three years and charged with a fine of €304, about $473. A second court appearance saw his disqualification period extended to August 2023 and a further fine of €365, or $568.