AFTER being gifted a Honda moped by his grandfather, an Isle of Wight man promptly saw it taken back off him after he was caught drug driving.  

Reece Harvey, of Cross Street, Oakfield, Ryde, admitted drug driving on July 5.

Police attended his address to conduct a search on unrelated matters, when they saw him riding the moped outside his property, eventually stopping him on nearby St John's Road, said Lauren Stone, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court last Friday (10). 

Harvey, with no previous convictions, failed a roadside drugs swab — testing positive for cannabis.

Following his arrest, Harvey was given a blood test for drugs, which revealed 4.7 microgrammes of THC, the cannabis derivative. The legal limit is 2.

For Harvey, 25, Michael McGoldrick said his client used cannabis to help him sleep, and as an alternative to other prescribed medication.

"The moped was a gift to him from his grandfather, who has since taken it away from him as a result of what happened," the solicitor added.

Magistrates banned Harvey from driving for a year and handed him an £80 fine, with a £32 surcharge and £85 costs.