Cardiff Magistrates' Court. Credit: Alfie Reynolds

‘Foolish mistake’ leaves young man facing sack

Driving with cannabis in his system will likely cost Ioan Rees his employment

A TRAINEE engineer faces losing his job after being caught driving with cannabis in his system, a court has heard.

Ioan Rees, 21, who lives in Tylcha Wen Close, Tonyrefail, decided to get behind the wheel of his Citroen C1 in the late evening after smoking cannabis earlier in the day.

The police pulled Rees over in a routine check in Ogmore Vale, Bridgend, at 9.10pm on September 2, 2022, prosecutor Lucy Mansfield said.

Rees admitted having smoked cannabis and was taken to the police station, where he was found to have 2.8 micrograms of cannabis in his system.

The legal limit for cannabis is two micrograms per litre of blood.

Rees stood before Cardiff’s Magistrates as he plead guilty to the drug driving offence. 

His lawyer Jon Wilkins described Rees as a “man of clean character”.

Rees, who has been in and out of employment since the age of 16, had secured a position 11 months ago on a Government kickstart program as a trainee drainage engineer. 

For this job he is required to have a driver’s licence so he can travel from site to site.

“He will be out of employment within the next couple days,” said Mr Wilkins. 

Rees made a “foolish mistake,” said magistrate David Ford.

The defendant was handed a smaller fine because his employment will likely be ending in the next few days so he was treated as an individual on benefits. 

Rees was ordered to pay £253 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.