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Men driving erratically on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road in court on drug charges

HG, and HS were arrested after police noticed their Mercedes veering across lanes near the World Trade Centre in the early hours of January 20 this year, the Criminal Court hears.

DUBAI // Two men defied police demands for a urine sample by going to the toilet on the floor of their cells - only to find their actions provided the police with the sample they were seeking.

HG, 36, and HS, 41, both Emirati, were arrested after police noticed their Mercedes veering across lanes on the Sheikh Zayed Road near the World Trade Centre in the early hours of January 20 this year, heard the Criminal Court.

"It was moving from one lane to another in a very dangerous way," recalled the policeman SS, who said he and his colleague immediately suspected the driver was on drugs. "Two men were in the car and when one stepped out, some tablets fell from his pocket," he added.

The two Emiratis were arrested and taken to Bur Dubai Police station.

Prosecutors said both men refused to give urine samples and instead urinated on the floor of their solitary confinement cells in defiance. The urine on the floor was then used as a sample. They also said that the driver, when arrested, lied about his identity to the police.

The driver was charged with consuming drugs, driving under the influence of drugs and with impersonation. The other man was charged with drug possession and consumption.

Both men denied the charges and the case was adjourned to April 29.

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