Man driving tractor arrested after hashish and cocaine have been present in his system

Breadcrumb Trail Links

Police say people “play roulette” when operating a vehicle, even a tractor, while under the influence.

Article author:

Angela Stelmakowich

Release date:

February 16, 2021 • • 19 hours ago • • Read for 2 minutes Image for illustration. A search by the farmer found not only positive tests for cannabis and cocaine, but also an unspecified amount of weeds. /. Photo by MollyNZ / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Article content

An Irish man driving an agricultural tractor was recently stopped at a routine checkpoint in County Donegal and found to have both cannabis and cocaine in his system.

The checkpoint in Ballyshannon was carried out shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th, according to That’s Farming.

The mode of transportation in the county, which borders the Atlantic Ocean in northwest Ireland and includes everything from the rugged coastline to the woods, may not have been inappropriate, but driving under the influence was enough to raise a stern warning.

“Please do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said a spokesman for An Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s national police force, according to Breaking News. “You are playing roulette with your own life and the lives of others if you make the bad decision to do so.”

Article content

A search by the farmer found not only positive tests for cannabis and cocaine, but also an unspecified amount of weeds. Breaking News reports that the driver is expected to appear at a future local court session, and That’s Farming adds that the man has been released without charge.

Irish Police (Garda) will stop at the border crossing in Carrkcarnon, County Louth, Ireland on April 9, 2020, screening vehicles under new powers to curb non-essential travel during the coronavirus crisis.  - All vehicles leaving Northern Ireland and entering the Republic of Ireland were turned off the motorway and checked to see if the trip was an essential journey as new police powers came into effect in the Republic of Ireland to combat the spread of COVID-19 .  The Emergency Act passed in the Irish Parliament two weeks ago allows the government to contain non-essential travel during the crisis.  (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP via Getty Images) FILE: Irish Police (Garda) stop at the border crossing in Carrkcarnon, County Louth, Ireland on April 9, 2020 and inspect vehicles under new powers to contain non-essential travel during the coronavirus crisis. /. Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP via Getty Images

Last December, Garda expanded the Adult Cautioning Scheme, introduced more than a decade ago, to include the simple possession of cannabis, intended to provide an alternative to prosecution for certain people and in certain cases.

With regard to driving with drugs, an associated conviction could result in severe penalties, according to information from the traffic safety authority. This includes a driving disqualification of at least one year if it is above the legal threshold for cocaine, cannabis or heroin, a disqualification of at least four years if it is impaired to the point at which a vehicle is not properly controlled up to 5,000 euros ($ 7,700) fine, criminal record, and up to six months in prison.

However, the farmer wasn’t the only person recently caught for questionable driving practices. Last week, Garda tweeted that a vehicle driving on rims along a pedestrian walkway had stopped and the operator was not only disqualified but tested positive for cocaine and cannabis.

There was also the novice driver who broke down at a COVID-19 roadside check last week and who didn’t have a vehicle plate but had weeds in his system. The reason for being outside during a lockdown? “Just for a spin,” remarked the driver, who was arrested and fined 100 euros for unnecessary travel.

Article content

We apologize, but this video could not be loaded.

Subscribe to Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp.

Comments are closed.