A LEOMINSTER woman who was caught driving on the wrong side of the road by police admitted driving after using cannabis.

Hereford Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday (August 18) how mother-of-four Julie Ann Taylor was spotted on the wrong side of the road as she turned into Bridge Street, Leominster, at around 7.30pm on February 7.

Prosecution solicitor Melanie Winterflood said officers followed the car into Dishley Street where they stopped Taylor, 38, and found she was over the drug-drive limit.

She said the limit of cannabis metabolite delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in Taylor's blood was 3.9 microgrammes – exceeding the legal limit of 2.

Ms Winterflood said there was no suggestion that Taylor – who was previously in court in June for drug-driving in December 2020 – was on the wrong side of the road for a sustained period, officers said it was as if she was cutting the corner.

Philip Cornell, defending, said Taylor and her husband beat "chronic alcoholism" more than seven years ago, and she was his full-time carer.

He said Taylor, who has four children, did not use cannabis socially, it just "affected her positively".

But Mr Cornell was unable to offer any medical evidence to show it helped Taylor's mental health.

He pleaded for magistrates to keep any costs and fines low due to the family's "financial woes".

After pleading guilty to drug-driving, Taylor, of Portna Way, was banned for 12 months.

Magistrates also fined her £80 and told her to pay £34 victim surcharge and £50 costs.