An MAN was banned from driving a “grossly” overloaded transit truck for 18 months, which it rolled over and crashed into a tree.
Julian Patrick Wilton, 49 years old, of Knapwater Walk, Dorchester pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of cannabis and using an overloaded vehicle that exceeded its weight limit and was brought before the Weymouth Magistrates on Friday, August 27th Court sentenced.
Prosecutors told the court that Wilton was working for Peak Scaffolding.
He loaded the Ford Transit low-loader with scaffolding equipment before it fell while driving on the A35 Bere Regis Bypass.
His vehicle left the road and collided with a tree at 8:50 a.m. in February.
She told the court that police found the transit truck weighed 4,740 kg.
This means that the maximum permissible weight limit of 3,500 kg for the vehicle has been exceeded by 1,240 kg.
Ms. Oxley said the roadside police were wiping off drugs and Wilton was taken to Dorset County Hospital, where his blood was drawn for analysis.
The analysis at this point showed a reading of 2.4 micrograms of cannabis in Wilton’s blood.
The legal limit for cannabis is two micrograms.
Des Reynold mitigated that Wilton had been asked by his employer to collect the scaffolding in order to deliver it.
He told the court that Wilton had admitted smoking cannabis in the evening to help him sleep at night as he suffered from arthritis and shoulder pain after an injury.
Mr. Reynolds said he felt perfectly drivable and had merely followed the instructions given to him.
He said, “He felt perfect driving that day and just followed his employer’s instructions.”
The court heard that Wilton was fired immediately after the incident but has since been hired by another scaffolding company that Mr Reynolds said was fully aware of the situation.
The chairman of the bank, Mr Weston, disqualified Wilton from driving for 18 months and fined him £ 500 for drug driving.
Wilton was sentenced to a further £ 500 fine, a surcharge of £ 100 and court costs of £ 85 for the offense of using a “grossly” overloaded vehicle on the road.