Driver caught with drugs spends his birthday in court

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A MAN kicked off on his birthday in court – after being caught in possession of cannabis by keen-nosed police.

Daniel Martin was pulled over by officers for driving without a seatbelt in Boldon last month.

But police could smell cannabis in his car and he was arrested.

Martin, of Owen Drive, West Boldon, who was 26 yesterday, admitted possession of cannabis at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said: “The matter dates back to Thursday, August 21, when police on duty on New Road, Boldon, observed Martin driving an Audi A4 vehicle without wearing his seatbelt. He was pulled over and the officers could smell cannabis in the vehicle.

“They searched the car and found cannabis in the glove box.

“Martin made full admissions and said he had bought the cannabis for £20 and was returning home to smoke it himself.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said the drugs were for Martin’s own personal use.

Martin was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15, as well as the 12-month conditional discharge.

Magistrates ordered the drug to be destroyed.