A YOUNG Table Top man has lost his job as an apprentice electrician after telling his boss he had been caught driving with cannabis in his blood after a random drug test.
Tye Douglas Waters, 18, of Willow Way, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday to driving with an illicit drug in his blood.
He was one of 11 people charged with the same offence due to appear at court yesterday after a police blitz in Albury in September.
Waters was stopped in Union Road at 10.57pm on September 12.
A random breath test proved negative, but a drug test was positive for cannabis.
A second oral fluid sample was taken for analysis and police issued a notice to prevent Waters, a provisional licence-holder, driving for 24 hours.
Solicitor Mark Cronin said Waters, a keen sportsman, who played football and soccer, had shared a joint the night before he was stopped.
Mr Cronin said Waters had been honest with his boss but he was sacked from his job as a first-year apprentice. He was now seeking work in the same field.
Magistrate Tony Murray fined Waters $450 fine and disqualified him from driving for three months.
Police stopped Albury man Adrian Stanley Pickard in Griffith Road, Lavington at 9.50pm on September 13.
They sent a sample for analysis after a positive test to two types of drugs.
Pickard, 30, of Thorold Street, told them he had taken a point of methamphetamine and smoked a joint two nights earlier.
Mr Murray told Pickard cannabis stayed in a person’s system a lot longer than other drugs.
“I have come to realise that now,” Pickard said.
He imposed a $400 fine and a three-month driving ban.
Table Top man Luke Appleton had another man and two children in his car when he was stopped in Sanders Street, Lavington at 8.30pm on September 13.
He tested positive for cannabis and a further test confirmed the result.
Appleton, 32, of Tynan Road, told police he had not used cannabis for three or four days.
“It was a one-off thing. I actually drive trucks,” Appleton said.
“If I lose my licence, I will not have any form of income. It’s a reality check.”
Mr Murray fined him $400 and disqualified him for three months.