A HEREFORD man has been recalled to prison after he crashed his car into a house.

But a court heard it wasn’t his driving that was at fault, it was the road.

John Wayne Lewis, of Whitecross Road, admitted driving without appropriate insurance and possessing cannabis when he appeared before magistrates by video link.

Prosecutor Shafquat Reaz said Lewis had been caught driving without insurance after crashing his car on the A49 at Wellington, Herefordshire, on July 3.

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He admitted possessing the class B drug for personal use when interviewed by police two days later.

The court heard the 25-year-old, who had been released from prison on licence, was recalled to HMP Oakwood following the July crash.

Emma Thorne, for Lewis, said he was returning from Leominster, where he had picked up a friend.

But on the return journey, Lewis encountered a problem with the road design and crashed on a corner.

“He accepts this, and the police are satisfied that there was nothing wrong with his driving, but instead with the road,” Mrs Thorne said.

“However, he was a provisional licence holder at the time, and so he was not insured.

“The cannabis possession was two days later.

“He was asked in interview if police would find anything there shouldn’t be in his car, and he told them there was cannabis in a toolbox in the back.

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“Had he not been honest about this, then it would probably not have been detected.

“It was a small amount that he had paid about £100 for, and it was for personal use.

“He had been doing really well. He had been picking his life up, and had bought, taxed and insured this vehicle, but then he crashed it and has been in custody since.”

The court heard that Lewis had breached the terms of his insurance by failing to display L-plates on his car.

Lewis was handed six penalty points and a £120 fine.

He must also pay a £32 victim surcharge.

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