A DRINK-DRIVER has been banned from the roads after a late-night crash near Leominster.

David John Edward Thomas admitted the offence when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford on January 6.

Prosecutor Mark Hambling said police were called to reports of a crash involving a purple Ford Fiesta on the B4362 at Lucton just before 11pm on November 28.

Thomas admitted he was the driver and that he had been drinking, and was arrested after failing a roadside breath test. An evidential test in custody revealed he had 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court heard the 28-year-old had previously been disqualified for drink-driving in 2017.

George Cousins, for Thomas, said he he had got behind the wheel after receiving a call from a friend.

"He was interviewed by police and accepted he was the driver and that he had been drinking," Mr Cousins said.

"He lost his job as a chef in lockdown and has been working as a tractor driver on a farm since then, but he has now lost that job too due to this offence."

Thomas, of Adforton, Leintwardine, was fined £120 and disqualified from driving for three years. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.