Elswick drug driver caught over-the-limit for cannabis twice in four months

A drug driver was caught over-the-limit for cannabis twice in just four months.

Wasim Shan was behind the wheel of two different vehicles when he was pulled over by the same officer in Gateshead and Newcastle.

The 41-year-old was first stopped on Askew Road in November 2019 and was arrested after failing a saliva test.

A court heard that he was later found to be over-the-limit for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a breakdown product of cannabis.

But, Shan didn’t learn his lesson and, just four months later in March 2020 and on the day the country went into its first national coronavirus lockdown, he was pulled over again, this time on Elswisk Road.

He once more failed a saliva test and later proved to be over the legal limit for the same drug.

Shan, of Westmoreland Road, in Elswick, was found guilty of one count of driving while over the drug limit after trial in July last year but failed to show for his court appearance for the second charge.

He then appeared in the dock in custody to plead guilty to the second offence of driving while over the drug limit and was banned from the roads for 36 months.

Ben Woodward, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said Shan was first pulled over in a VW Passat on Askew Road, in Gateshead, on November 8 2019 before being stopped again in a Mercedes on March 23 last year.

Mr Woodward added: “The facts in both are very similar. The defendant is pulled over by…

A drug driver was caught over-the-limit for cannabis twice in just four months.

Wasim Shan was behind the wheel of two different vehicles when he was pulled over by the same officer in Gateshead and Newcastle.

The 41-year-old was first stopped on Askew Road in November 2019 and was arrested after failing a saliva test.

A court heard that he was later found to be over-the-limit for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a breakdown product of cannabis.

But, Shan didn’t learn his lesson and, just four months later in March 2020 and on the day the country went into its first national coronavirus lockdown, he was pulled over again, this time on Elswisk Road.

He once more failed a saliva test and later proved to be over the legal limit for the same drug.

Shan, of Westmoreland Road, in Elswick, was found guilty of one count of driving while over the drug limit after trial in July last year but failed to show for his court appearance for the second charge.

He then appeared in the dock in custody to plead guilty to the second offence of driving while over the drug limit and was banned from the roads for 36 months.

Ben Woodward, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said Shan was first pulled over in a VW Passat on Askew Road, in Gateshead, on November 8 2019 before being stopped again in a Mercedes on March 23 last year.

Mr Woodward added: “The facts in both are very similar. The defendant is pulled over by…

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