A DRUG-DRIVER has made a bizarre court appearance from a busy park to tell magistrates he was in a 'horrible place' when caught behind the wheel on a Herefordshire main road.

Mitchell Moore admitted drug-driving and driving without a licence when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police had spotted Moore, who they believed to be speeding, on the A417 at Ashperton at 3.50pm on May 14, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

They pulled his Ford Focus over and found Moore, who was not displaying L plates and was not accompanied by a qualified driver, did not hold a full driving licence.

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

An evidential blood test revealed he had 2.4 microgrammes of cannabis metabolite delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood. The legal limit is two.

Moore appeared before the court by video link from what appeared to be a public park near his home in Gloucestershire.

Children and vehicles could be heard in the background as he spoke to the court from the leafy park.

Moore said he had been trapped in a horrible place and that being caught had put an end to that.

"I am sorry and it will never happen again," he said.

Moore, of Broad Meadow, Leonard Stanley, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined a total of £180. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.