AN ISLE of Wight drug driver, banned from the road for three years, told magistrates he was only moving his car closer to his disabled grandmother’s house.

Jack Ryland, of Victoria Road, Yarmouth, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Tuesday, November 21.

The 21-year-old admitted drug driving, and driving without a licence or insurance, in Yarmouth, on July 30, 2023.

Prosecutor, Ann Smout, said Ryland was seen driving a motor vehicle and stopping, on Victoria Road.

She said police approached and spoke to him after a lack of insurance was flagged on their system.

The court heard Ryland had a passenger in the car.

During a DrugWipe, he registered a reading of 11 for cannabis when the prescribed limit is 2.

Ms Smout said it was not his first drug-driving offence; his last being in January 2020.

Jim Osborne, defending, said there was no suggestion of a poor standard of driving on Ryland’s part, and he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Osborne said his client deeply regretted driving on the day, and only did so to move his car closer to his disabled grandmother’s house.

Mr Osborne said Ryland was fully co-operative with police, was applying for jobs, and hopeful of being in gainful employment soon.

Ryland was disqualified from driving for 36 months and fined £120.

He was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £48 surcharge.