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Driving instructor giving a lesson to student, 17, is arrested for drug-driving as police say he tested positive for cannabis

  • A driving instructor has been arrested in Slough, Berkshire, while teaching 
  • The man was pulled over by Thames Valley Police officers following a tip-off
  • After a drugs test, he tested positive for cannabis, driving under the influence 
  • He was subsequently arrested in front of his 17-year-old driving student  

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A driving instructor has been arrested by police after he tested positive for cannabis while giving a 17-year-old pupil a driving lesson.

Thames Valley Police stopped the vehicle, that had been driving through Slough in Berkshire, after receiving a tip-off that the instructor was under the influence of drugs.

After pulling the white driving school car over, the instructor was asked to get out of the car and take a drugs test.

The results showed he had been driving under the influence of cannabis and was subsequently arrested.

A driving instructor has been arrested by Thames Valley Police in Slough after he tested positive for cannabis on a drugs test, while giving a lesson to a 17-year-old student

A driving instructor has been arrested by Thames Valley Police in Slough after he tested positive for cannabis on a drugs test, while giving a lesson to a 17-year-old student

A statement from the force, posted on social media, said: ‘We stopped the vehicle in Slough which at the time was being driven by a 17-year-old student, and shockingly the Driving Instructor tested positive for Cannabis.

‘The Driving Instructor was arrested on Suspicion of Drug Driving. He was released under investigation whilst officers await his blood test results. 

‘However, Due to the profession that he is in, all necessary authorities will be notified as we have a duty of care to safeguard those involved.’

If a driving instructor receives a drink or drug driving conviction, they usually face at least a four-year ban.

A statement from the force, posted on social media, said: 'We stopped the vehicle in Slough which at the time was being driven by a 17-year-old student, and shockingly the Driving Instructor tested positive for Cannabis.' Pictured: Stock photo of drug test

A statement from the force, posted on social media, said: ‘We stopped the vehicle in Slough which at the time was being driven by a 17-year-old student, and shockingly the Driving Instructor tested positive for Cannabis.’ Pictured: Stock photo of drug test

In 2017, a female driving instructor was banned from driving for 18 months after she tested positive for being under the influence of drugs.

In Surrey in 2015, a similar incident happened when police found a learner driver, who tested positive for drugs, and their instructor – who was four-times over the legal limit.

A different instructor in 2018 failed a roadside test when they were found to have cocaine in their system, while out with a pupil.  

Driving instructors go through a rigorous training process to make sure they are fit for teaching.

Those who have found to be guilty of driving under the influence of drink or drugs are ‘unlikely to be classed as a “fit and proper” person’ to become a driving instructor.  

Source: Daily Mail UK

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