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Plant operator banned following second drug-drive offence in three years

A MILFORD Haven plant operator has been ordered off the roads for three years after being convicted of his second drug-drive offence in three years.

Daniel Abbott, 32, of Haven Drive, Hakin, was spoken to by police officers following a traffic offence on Steynton Road on December 20. A roadside drugs wipe proved positive and Abbott was taken to the police station for further tests. These gave a reading of 2.1 mcg of Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol in his blood. The specified limit is 2.

But despite his extremely low reading, Abbott faced an extended disqualification as a result of a previous ban in 2021 for a similar offence. As a result, this was his second drug-driving offence within a three-year period.

Abbott pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates earlier this week.

He was represented in court by Mr David Williams who confirmed his client is employed as a digger operator at a road construction project in Whitland.

“He has to travel there every day, so he’s going to lose his job as soon as he leaves the courtroom,” said Mr Williams.

“He’d smoked the cannabis the previous day as it helps him to sleep, but he didn’t realise how long cannabis can remain in the system. It’s a sad day for my client.”

Abbott was fined £320 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £128 surcharge. he was disqualified from driving for 36 months/.