Two men caught drug driving on Britannia Bridge

Andrew Dixon

Two men have been arrested after they were caught drug driving during a routine speed check.

A 19 year-old man from the Republic of Ireland was caught driving under the influence of cannabis after travelling across the Britannia Bridge on Monday night (7th October).

His passenger – a 21-year old – was allowed to continue his journey, but later arrested after their car was caught again in Bangor.

North Wales Police said a road traffic officer caught their blue Audi A3 travelling at 88mph in a 50mph zone on the westbound carriageway at just before 9pm.

The driver failed a roadside swab test after testing positive for cannabis and he was taken into custody. The passenger was left in the car to wait for his friend to return, so they could continue with their journey to catch a ferry at Holyhead.

But at 2am on Tuesday morning (8th October), the Audi car was caught again in the car park of the Tesco store on Caernarfon Road in Bangor.

It emerged the passenger was driving without a licence and otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He also tested positive for cannabis and arrested.

The driver was given a fixed penalty of £500 for speeding and the passenger was given a traffic offence report for the driving offences.

Both men were released on bail but are still under investigation for drug driving as police are waiting for the results of further tests. The Audi car was also seized.

Sergeant Meurig Jones from the Roads Policing Unit said: ”This was a very costly trip for both males who now have an anxious wait…had the driver been adhering to the speed limit, then the chances are he would have been left to continue with his journey. Unlucky for him, we were at the right place at the right time.”

”Driving whilst under the influence of drugs is not just a criminal offence but also completely unacceptable. We are fully committed to making the roads safer for all and we will continue to target those who endanger their own lives and the lives of others.”

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