Police find drugs in car after crash

PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

Police found drugs in Luke Foreman s Peugeot car after a road crash in which his girlfriend was seriously injured, a court heard. Foreman, 19, of Crocus Fields, Saffron Walden, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court last Thursday to possessing 13.2g of

Police found drugs in Luke Foreman's Peugeot car after a road crash in which his girlfriend was seriously injured, a court heard.

Foreman, 19, of Crocus Fields, Saffron Walden, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court last Thursday to possessing 13.2g of cannabis with intent to supply. He was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid community work and pay £200 prosecution costs.

Recorder John Dodd also ordered the destruction of the drugs and forfeiture of £316 in cash found in Foreman's possession.

He told Foreman: "I'm happy to hear that your girlfriend made a good recovery and that you are still together as a couple.

"This will have been something of a wake-up call for you."

He said drug offences of this sort typically ended in custodial sentence, but he was influenced by what he had heard that Foreman and his girlfriend had moved on and left drug-taking behind.

Marc Cannatella, prosecuting, said on December 22 last year police were called to a road traffic accident at Hadstock involving a Peugeot 205 driven by Foreman and a goods vehicle.

Foreman sustained minor injuries but his girlfriend, Alice Walker, was seriously injured and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

A police officer went to collect some belongings and found a clear plastic bag containing cannabis. Foreman was interviewed and accepted the drugs were his and that he intended to share the cannabis with his girlfriend.

Mr Cannatella said the cannabis had a street value of between £40 and £60. Foreman was also found in possession of £316 in cash which was seized.

Stuart Jessop, mitigating, said it was a small amount of cannabis and Foreman accepted it was for social supply. The proceedings had been a salutary lesson for Foreman who had now stopped using cannabis.

Mr Jessop said Foreman had been dealt with separately for driving offences. His girlfriend was in a serious way after the crash, but she had recovered and they were still together.

Foreman was working for an electrical company and had positive prospects for the future

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