A DRUG-driver who claimed he'd "learnt his lesson" after being caught over the limit in 2019 was caught again during a late-night trip to McDonald's.

Magistrates in Hereford slammed binman James Bishop, 22, for "clearly" not learning his lesson as they banned him from the roads for another three years.

Bishop was pulled over by police in Walnut Tree Avenue, off Belmont Road in Hereford, at 11pm on December 2 after he'd been to McDonald's with friends, prosecuting barrister Shafquat Reaz said.

He said Bishop had a previous conviction for drink driving from 2019.

Defence solicitor Chris Read said Bishop had learnt his lesson after his last conviction, and he thought he had "left it long enough" to not be over the limit after smoking cannabis.

Mr Read said Bishop was going through a difficult time when he was caught, having been through a break up, losing his job and being estranged from his parents.

He had found new employment through an agency, and was working as a binman.

Mr Read said police's suspicions were only raised as the car he was driving, a Suzuki Wagon-R, had a brake light out.

After stopping him, he tested positive for cannabis with a roadside drug swipe, and an evidential test at the police station found him over the limit for cannabis metabolite Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol.

The level in his blood was 4.1 microgrammes, exceeding the legal limit of two.

Bishop, who pleaded guilty to one count of drug driving, was told by magistrates in Hereford that he clearly hadn't learnt his lesson.

They said it wasn't a matter of "leaving it long enough" after smoking cannabis because he shouldn't have been using the illegal drug anyway.

Bishop, of Woodbine Cottage, Tarrington, was disqualified from driving for three years, and magistrates said he had to cut out the habit of smoking cannabis.

He was also told to pay a £161 fine, £135 costs and a £34 victim surcharge when he appeared at Hereford magistrates court on May 19.