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A drug driver who was caught driving under the influence of ecstasy and cannabis has been banned from the roads and told to “take a look at your lifestyle”.

Mrs Alex Mann, prosecuting, noted that the 26-year-old defendant had no previous convictions, but had cautions for drug possession.

“It seems to be they are always getting him in trouble,” she said.

She went on to explain that at 7.30pm police pulled the man over having noticed something awry with his registration plate. They noticed that his eyes were red, and that there was a smell of cannabis.

Following his arrest on suspicion of drug driving, blood tests showed him to have 4.7mcg D-9-THC and 15mcg MDMA per litre of blood.

Respectively, the two compounds are the active ingredients in cannabis and ecstasy and have legal limits of 2mcg and 10mcg per litre of blood.

David Norman, mitigating, said that his client had been at a party the previous evening where he had taken ecstasy and, later in the evening, smoked a joint.

“He doesn’t think it’s a problem that he has,” said Mr Norman.

“When he started driving he didn’t think he would be over the limit.”

“It wasn’t a high reading and it’s the first time in court for any offence whatsoever. He’s ashamed of his actions and he knows he has been very stupid. He’s a qualified tree surgeon, but finds it difficult to get any work.”

The motorist, currently unemployed and living in Colne, pleaded guilty to driving while over the prescribed limit of a controlled substance.

The Chair of the Bench in Burnley reminded him that the effect of drugs did not miraculously disappear overnight.

“I have to say to you, you have to consider your lifestyle, perhaps.”

The man was fined £120, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, and banned from driving for a year.