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Teen caught with drugs after police stopped car on motorway 'will end up killing himself unless he reforms'

By Alan Erwin

A teenager caught with drugs after police stopped his car on the motorway will end up killing himself unless he reforms, a judge warned today.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard packets of cannabis were discovered in David Savage's underwear and in the Suzuki Swift he was in last month.

The 19-year-old, of Cedar Avenue in the city, was sentenced to 12 months probation after admitting a charge of possessing Class B drugs.

Police had spotted the car displaying 'R' Plates go onto the M2 motorway at the Fortwilliam slip road on August 15 and weave between lanes at up to 70mph, prosecutors said.

After signaling for it to stop officers detected the smell of cannabis inside the vehicle.

During the hearing reference was made to health problems suffered by Savage.

"He takes cannabis to try to alleviate depression and the problems he has in coping with life," the barrister said.

District Judge Peter King then questioned Savage about having undergone heart surgery.

The judge told him: "You are somebody who concerns me because it's quite clear from this report that you're going to end up killing yourself at some stage unless you break this cycle of behaviour."

Imposing the probation order, he added: "You need a little support in your life."

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