A DRUG-DRIVER has accused police of targeting her in her most recent court appearance.

Julie Ann Taylor, who has previous drug and driving-related convictions, spoke over her solicitor to say she felt police were targeting and harassing her when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

She had admitted driving while over the drug limit and without a licence.

Police were called to a two-car crash at Upper Hill, near Leominster, at 9.40am on April 9, prosecutor Ralph Robyns Landricombe said.

Officers spoke to Taylor, who admitted driving a Fiat Punto with a provisional licence and without L plates or a qualified driver supervising, and failed a roadside drug test.

An evidential blood test in custody revealed Taylor had 3.1 microgrammes of cannabis metabolite delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood. The legal limit is two.

In interview, she told officers her husband would normally be with her but that he was asleep and that her L plates were in the boot.

She said she had not asked her passengers whether or not they had licences.

Philip Cornell, for Taylor, said the 38-year-old does use cannabis, but that she was a woman doing her best.

"In a rural area a police officer only has to park in one area and everyone will see him," Mr Cornell said.

"One can easily feel the police are being somewhat heavy handed or biased if they keep stopping up."

Magistrates said that although Taylor was already disqualified from driving, that did not affect her sentence as that offence had taken place after this offence.

Taylor, of Portna Way, Leominster, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.