Driver in court after cannabis is seized

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CANNABIS was seized from a teenage Swanwick motorist when police stopped him after spotting him using his mobile phone at the wheel.

Officers activated flashing lights on a patrol car when they spotted Tyler Masterson on the phone as he drove through Alfreton at 7.20pm.

“He accelerated away from police, approached traffic lights in High Street and cut across the junction, narrowly missing an oncoming vehicle, magistrates were told

“Police lost sight of him after that turn, but then located the Vauxhall Corsa again and stopped it,” prosecutor Helen Griffiths told Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court.

She added: “While speaking to him, officers smelled cannabis inside the vehicle.

“It was searched and a small amount was found under the gearstick cover.”

Masterson, 19, of Yardley Close, admitted possessing cannabis and using a mobile phone while driving on July 31. It was his second cannabis offence, the court heard

Presiding magistrate Mrs Pat Boyle fined him £147, with £85 costs, and imposed three penalty points on his licence.

Nicholas Wright, for Masterson, said he passed his driving test only a few months ago and the phone offence was “foolish”.

He added: “He accepts he has been smoking cannabis but it wasn’t a daily habit and he will put it to an end.

“A search was done at his home address, which is his mother’s, and she wasn’t very happy about it.

“He was unemployed for about a year but he has just started work as a helper for an upholsterers.”