A teenage motorist was handed a coronavirus fine after being caught driving around the streets of Staffordshire with a cannabis smoking mate.
Officers from the South Staffordshire Policing Unit were patrolling the streets of Penkridge when they stopped the 18-year-old last night (January 8).
The teenager’s friend admitted he had been smoking cannabis before the pair were stopped by officers.
But the driver tested negative for the drug at the roadside.
He was instead slapped with a £200 coronavirus fine.
Under the latest lockdown guidance families are being told to stay at home and not travel unless for essential shopping, work, or they are exercising.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A fine has been handed out to an 18 year old driving around in Penkridge with his friend who admitted he had smoked cannabis.
“Luckily he didn’t test positive and was allowed to go – not before receiving a £200 covid fine for breaching the lockdown and receiving a community resolution (warning) notice for being in possession of cannabis.”
People may only leave home for specific reasons, which include:
- Go to work if it’s impossible to work from home, e.g. construction or critical worker who can’t work from home
- To shop for necessities including food and medicine
- To exercise, which can be with up to one other person from outside your household or bubble. The exercise should ideally be limited to once per day. Guidance is that people should try to do this locally
- To provide care or help to a vulnerable person
- To attend medical appointments or seek medical care or fleeing the threat of harm or violence