A DRUG-DRIVE stop has cost a Herefordshire NHS worker his job, a court has heard.

Thomas Manuschka admitted drug-driving when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police had been on patrol in Hereford's Edgar Street when they saw Manuschka driving a Vauxhall Astra at 11pm on May 18, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

Manuschka was asked to take a roadside drug test and was arrested after it returned a positive result for cannabis.

An evidential test in custody revealed he had 10 microgrammes of cannabis metabolite delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood, five times the legal limit of two.

Chris Read, for Manuschka, said the 31-year-old had been caught in a routine traffic stop. 

"He tells me he accepts he had used cannabis, but that was on the weekend and this took place on a Tuesday," Mr Read said.

"He has fallen into the mistake many people do as it remains in the system for that length of time.

"This is going to cost him his job. He works for the NHS and his role involves visiting patients and this cannot be done by public transport."

Manuschka, of Whittern Way, Hereford, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.