Man drove car while drunk to buy cannabis

A DRINK-driver without a full licence took his ex-girlfriend’s car without asking her so he could pick up some cannabis from Upton.

Sam Pratt admitted taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, possession of cannabis, drink driving, driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester.

All charges relate to a single incident on Saturday, September 22, when police stopped 26-year-old Pratt in Hanley Road, Upton, after they followed him in the Vauxhall Corsa.

Matt Dodson, prosecuting, said Pratt told officers he had only bought the car a couple of weeks ago so the system might not show the car as registered to him.

A breath test revealed 55mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35mcg.

Checks revealed it was not his vehicle and he was also searched.

This revealed five small, clear bags containing cannabis with a street value of about £40, which he said he had bought from an address in Upton.

The owner of the vehicle confirmed that the car had been left parked outside the defendant’s mother’s address in Tewkesbury and Pratt did not have permission to drive it.

Further checks revealed that Pratt, of High Street, Tewkesbury was only a provisional licence holder.

The car was returned undamaged Mr Dodson said.

Kate Oliver, defending, said Pratt has expressed remorse in police interview and guilty pleas were submitted at the earliest opportunity.

She said: “The defendant is still on friendly terms with his ex-partner and she is friends with the defendant’s mother and she left her vehicle, with her keys, at the defendant’s mother’s address.

“He knew he didn’t have permission to use that car.

“This is not pre-meditated and there are no aggravating features.

“He has had no involvement with the police at all previously.

This is a young man who has accepted responsibility immediately.

“It was a spur-of-themoment decision. It really has served as a wake-up call to him. It’s shocked him.”

The unemployed refrigeration engineer was fined £100 for possession of cannabis, £200 for drink driving, which also resulted in a ban of 12 months, £50 for driving without a full licence, £300 for driving without insurance, a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85.

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7:21pm Wed 31 Oct 12

chris5k says...

huh, Sam Pratt.......that name says it all!!!!!!!!!!
huh, Sam Pratt.......that name says it all!!!!!!!!!! chris5k
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8:08pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Geep says...

chris5k wrote:
huh, Sam Pratt.......that name says it all!!!!!!!!!!
A really intelligent & mature comment there, Chris.
'Pratt' is a very common surname in this area.
I'm not one, but I am sure many will be offended by your playground humour.
[quote][p][bold]chris5k[/bold] wrote: huh, Sam Pratt.......that name says it all!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]A really intelligent & mature comment there, Chris. 'Pratt' is a very common surname in this area. I'm not one, but I am sure many will be offended by your playground humour. Geep
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11:23am Thu 1 Nov 12

chris5k says...

apologies, it was a stupid comment.
apologies, it was a stupid comment. chris5k
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11:23am Thu 1 Nov 12

chris5k says...

apologies, it was a stupid comment.
apologies, it was a stupid comment. chris5k
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11:24am Thu 1 Nov 12

chris5k says...

apologies, it was an insensative comment.
apologies, it was an insensative comment. chris5k
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6:00pm Thu 1 Nov 12

sarah and her chickens says...

i thought is was quite funny!!
i thought is was quite funny!! sarah and her chickens
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7:44pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Geep says...

sarah and her chickens wrote:
i thought is was quite funny!!
Fair play, Chris5k.
Maybe I'm a bit over sensitive here, but a female friend married someone with this surname (no relation to this bloke!) & their kids keep to her maiden name, due to hassle at school.
As for Sarah & her chickens -'i thought is quite funny'. Normally like your comments, Sarah, but expected better from you, both in your opinion & grammar.
[quote][p][bold]sarah and her chickens[/bold] wrote: i thought is was quite funny!![/p][/quote]Fair play, Chris5k. Maybe I'm a bit over sensitive here, but a female friend married someone with this surname (no relation to this bloke!) & their kids keep to her maiden name, due to hassle at school. As for Sarah & her chickens -'i thought is quite funny'. Normally like your comments, Sarah, but expected better from you, both in your opinion & grammar. Geep
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11:05am Sun 4 Nov 12

sarah and her chickens says...

Do apologise for the grammar.New phone which is way beyond my current skills! I have red hair,that caused all sorts of hassle at school.But you get over it and I still buy duracell batteries even though they have a copper coloured top .
Do apologise for the grammar.New phone which is way beyond my current skills! I have red hair,that caused all sorts of hassle at school.But you get over it and I still buy duracell batteries even though they have a copper coloured top . sarah and her chickens
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8:17pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Geep says...

Your skills are way beyond mine - don't dare to even try to use my phone for the net.
Your skills are way beyond mine - don't dare to even try to use my phone for the net. Geep
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