A SCAFFOLDER has told a court he will lose his job after he was caught drug-driving in a Herefordshire town.

Liam Frayling admitted one count of driving while over the drug limit when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police had seen him behind the wheel of a red Ford Fiesta on the B4361 in Leominster at around 11am on June 26, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

He was pulled over for routine checks and was asked to take a roadside drug test, which returned a positive result.

Frayling was arrested and taken into custody, where a blood test revealed he had 3.3 microgrammes of controlled class B drug cannabis product delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood. The legal limit is two microgrammes.


Chris Read, for Frayling, said the 29-year-old had been driving his car in Leominster town centre before pulling into the town's Dishley Street Co-operative supermarket car park.

Police followed him and spoke to him after he had stopped, asking him to provide a sample, Mr Read said.

"It was positive and the process continues to bring him here today," Mr Read said.

"He has fallen into the trap many do by using cannabis the day before and not realising that it would remain in his system.

"The consequences of this will be profound. He is a scaffolder but is employed as a driver for the scaffolding company and has spoken to his employer, who has said he will no longer be employed."

Mr Read said there had been no criticism of Frayling's driving and that it had been a low reading.

Frayling, who is of Longfield Way, Leominster, was fined £120 and disqualified for 12 months. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £48 victim surcharge.

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