A MAN has been handed a 12-month driving ban and ordered to pay £575 by Worcester magistrates court after driving with drugs in his system.

Henry Woods, 24, of Glencoe Close, Evesham, was stopped driving his blue VW Passat was stopped on Badsey Lane, Evesham, on November 16 last year.

The court heard that the officers could smell cannabis, and gave Woods a roadside test, which tested positive for cannabis and cocaine.

The court heard that he had 494 micrograms per litre of blood of benzoyleconin, a metabolite of cocaine, in his system, and 4.1 micrograms per litre of blood of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient of cannabis.

The court heard that Woods had taken the substances days before being stopped.

Woods, who was representing himself, said: “I’m sorry. I wasn’t under the influence at the time it was in my blood.”

Woods was ordered to pay a fine of £400, costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £40.