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Cannabis shame of driver who crashed
6:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Southend
A TEENAGER overturned his car while driving under the influence of drugs, a court heard.
Harrison Marshall, 19, appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court charged with driving while unfit through drug use, in connection with a crash in which his Renault Clio overturned at Cuckoo Corner, Southend.
Marshall was driving four friends along Victoria Avenue when traffic lights turned to red.
To avoid stopping, he drove into a slip road in front of a parade of shops.
Lesley Chipps, prosecuting said: “He collided with the kerb and lost control. He hit a bollard and overturned the car ending on the roof.”
Passers-by helped Marshall and his passengers out the of the car after the crash, at about 3am on July 9.
Two passengers needed hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Marshall works in a local McDonald’s burger restaurant, but hoped to join the Navy next summer, the court heard. He told police he had smoked cannabis hours before the crash.
A blood test showed he had 1.2 mgs of the drug in 100mls of blood.
His solicitor told the court Marshall had shown great remorse, was ashamed of his actions and knew he had let his friends down.
The teenager, who lives in Wyburns Avenue, Rayleigh, was supported in court by his father in the public gallery.
Magistrates ordered Marshall to pay £140 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
He was also banned from driving for 17 months.