A HUTHWAITE woman caught with drugs after she fled from police was relieved to be spared a jail sentence.
Officers on patrol at 8pm on 6th March saw some people standing next to a car parked on Meadow Lane, Shirebrook, and decided to check it out.
As they approached, Katie Hague ran off and threw a small bag over a fence. It was found and she was arrested.
Fernando Rodrigues, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates last Wednesday that the bag contained cannabis worth up to £80 and a set of scales.
She told police the cannabis was for her own use and the scales were to check that she had been sold the correct weight, but she refused to comment further.
Hague (20), of Common Road, admitted possessing cannabis.
The theft put her in breach of a 12-week suspended prison sentence imposed for offences of using threatening behaviour, damaging property and threatening to cause damage.
The bench decided not to activate the suspended sentence and gave her a 7pm-7am curfew for three months, with £85 costs. The cannabis will be destroyed.
Her solicitor, Abbie Edwards, said her previous offending was linked to alcohol abuse and anger problems
This stemmed from her being badly affected by the sudden death of her father at the age of 48, when she was a teenager
Hague managed to stop drinking last August but she had been hit by the recent death of her grandmother.
“She bought some cannabis to cope with her grief,” said Ms Edwards, adding that Hague saw the drug as a lesser evil than alcohol because of her previous drink problems.
A probation service report indicated that Hague had tackled her anti-social behaviour and she was scared of going into custody, said Ms Edwards.