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Teen Who Killed Two Men Claims Cannabis Does Not Impair Driving, Tells Judge To ‘Google It’
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Teen Who Killed Two Men Claims Cannabis Does Not Impair Driving, Tells Judge To 'Google It'

A British teenager, who got behind the wheel after consuming cannabis, told a coroner at a double inquest that she should Google the effects of cannabis on driving, reports the Daily Mail.

Max Coopey, son of two police officers, struck and killed two people last year.

The 18-year-old was driving his father’s Audi the night of the accident because his own BMW was in the shop after having been in a separate collision, according to a written statement from his father Metropolitan Police Sergeant Russel Coopey.

He has been spared jail time for the deadly incident, receiving only a community service order.

Months after getting his driver’s licence, Coopey consumed cannabis and then went for a drive when he hit John Shackley, 61, and Jason Imi, 48. It is estimated that the teen was driving about 50mph at the time of the accident. On impact, the victims were thrown over the roof of the car and died on the scene.

Coopey was charged with drug-driving after a blood test revealed 3.3 mcg of THC in his blood, well above the legal limit of 2mcg.

Coopey maintained that the fact that he had consumed cannabis was not an indication that he was “under the influence.”

“Just because something is in your blood doesn’t mean you’re under the influence of it and it can impair your ability to drive and that is in any research,” Coopey told McCormick, The Sun reports. “Google it and you can find it.”

Coroner Alison McCormick testified that an unlawful killing verdict was inappropriate in the case as it was nearly impossible to prove that Coopey had indeed been impaired and that he was speeding.

When questioned by a representative for Imi as to whether he was aware that THC and opiates had been found in his system, Coopey was dismissive. “Any drug combination can affect your ability to drive safely, but I wasn’t, in my opinion, under the influence of cannabis,” he testified, claiming to have vaped a small amount around 6 pm, The Sun reports.

“I may have slowed down slightly,” he was quoted saying in The Sun. “Even if I didn’t, even if I hadn’t, it would have been perfectly fine because that is how they teach you to drive. You don’t slow down for the possibility of someone being on the other side of a blind corner. I don’t expect there to be someone on the road, you drive in the ordinary fashion, as any driver would.”

Coopey did not accept any responsibility for the accident. “If anyone else here was in the same situation, the same thing would have happened,” he testified.

Outside the courthouse, Coopey proceeded to allegedly attack a press photographer by spitting on him and trying to steal his camera.

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