A Blenheim man was caught with cannabis and two knives after he fell asleep in his car in the middle of State Highway 1.
Quinn Ronald Warman, 37, of Riverlands, admitted charges of possession of cannabis and possession of a knife when he appeared in Blenheim District Court yesterday. He was fined $800 plus court costs.
Warman laughed and shook his head as police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Lucas told the court how police found him asleep in his car on SH1 near Riverlands about 2.50am on September 15. The engine was running and the lights were on.
Warman had stopped his car in the middle of the left hand lane to roll a cigarette and fell asleep, forcing other cars to drive around him, Mr Lucas said.
A passing motorist called police.
When Warman got out of the car to speak to police, a flick knife fell on the ground, Mr Lucas said.
Police found a second knife and a tin containing less than one gram of cannabis in the car.
Defence lawyer John Holdaway said Warman used the knives for work as a vineyard worker.
Judge Paul Whitehead said Warman had a five-page criminal history "littered" with drug-related offending. He had previously been convicted for possession of a knife and had also had a sentence of supervision to address his cannabis use.
Warman said he had not been in court for 10 years, but Judge Whitehead said it was clear things had not changed. He ordered the cannabis and the knives be destroyed.
- The Marlborough Express