A plumber who was caught cultivating cannabis was also arrested for drink driving when Police forced entry to his house in Newport, the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court has heard.
Darren Fletcher, 37, of Hunnyhill in Newport, appeared before the bench on Tuesday charged with drink driving (94) and cultivating a Class B drug – cannabis. He pleaded guilty to both offences.
The court heard that on 18th September, Police were called to a domestic incident. It was said that Fletcher had driven off but when Police arrived some 30 minutes later his vehicle was back at the house. With no one answering the door Police forced entry to the property and arrested Fletcher.
During a search of the property 2 cannabis plants were located in the garden and growing equipment was found in the loft space.
Barry Arnett, defending, said that his client had left the address in his Ford Transit van following an argument in order to defuse the situation. He said that this case was a shock to the system that his client needed and that Darren has contacted Inclusion about his drug use.
Addressing the Magistrates directly, Fletcher said that it was an incredibly foolish decision”.
Magistrates handed down a 24-month driving ban and ordered Fletcher to complete a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work attached. He must also pay a £50 fine, £95 surcharge and £85 costs.
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