A DRUG-DRIVER was caught taking a friend's car to the petrol station in the early hours of the morning.

Carla Jayne Dayas admitted drug-driving when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Dayas had been pulled over by police at 1.51am on April 2 after she was seen committing a moving traffic offence on the A44 at Lyonshall, prosecutor Ralph Robyns Landricombe said.

She was asked to take a roadside drug test and arrested after it returned a positive result for cocaine. An evidential blood test revealed she had 106 microgrammes of cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine per litre of blood. The legal limit is 50.


Philip Cornell, for Dayas, said the 26-year-old was a responsible former carer who had given up her job to look after her grandfather.

"At the time she drove she was not insured," he said.

"She had been visiting a friend and he was the worse for drink and wanted her to fill his car up as he needed it to go to work the next day.

"She is not a drug addict and is not working at the moment but wants to get back into care."

Dayas, of Newtown, Powys, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.