A builder who regularly used cannabis to relax has been banned from driving for almost two years after he refused to give police a blood sample because he had a phobia of needles.

Daniel Hanks tested positive for the Class B drug at the roadside in Mill Lane, Welshpool after police spotted him clipping a kerb just before 1pm on January 24.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide police with a blood sample when he appeared at Welshpool Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, February 13.

Probation officer Julian Davies told magistrates that Hanks last used cannabis the night before and he didn't consider that cannabis would still be in his system the next day.


The young dad said he has panic attacks with needles, "deeply regretted" the incident and wants to stop using cannabis which he has up to three times a week to help him relax.

Magistrates decided to impose a 12-month community order which would include 60 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation requirement days to help him get off drugs.

Hanks, of Windmill Hill, Birmingham, was banned from driving for 20 months and also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £114 victim surcharge.