AN RAF hopeful has been caught drug-driving in Hereford after giving in to peer pressure at college.

Henry Young admitted drug-driving when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police had been on patrol in Hereford's Bagallay Street when they came up behind and pulled over a Volkswagen Golf being driven by Young at 11.40pm on May 17, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

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

An evidential blood test in custody revealed he had 318 microgrammes of ketamine in a litre of blood. The legal limit is 20.

Marilena Di Vitantonio, for Young, said the 21-year-old had been aiming to join the RAF but that things had not quite gone to plan.

"During sixth form there was some peer pressure and things went from there," Miss Di Vitantonio said.

"Things are now being addressed to help him put this behind him and move on.

"He still wants to go into the RAF. He is 21 and there will now be a delay in him being able to make an application to the RAF and there will be rigorous testing, but he is willing to undertake any courses or actions needed to do that.

"He is aware he will be disqualified and he is genuinely remorseful. He just wants to make good his mistakes in life and certainly would not want to repeat this.

"Before going to college he had been looking at an apprenticeship in engineering, and he wishes he had taken that route now."

Young, of Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.