A PARTY-GOER was found slumped over the wheel of his car after taking drugs and drinking alcohol.

Timothy Edward Langlands pleaded guilty to one charge of drink-driving and one of drug-driving when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police were called to a report of a car stopped in the middle of the road on the B4204 at Rochford, near Tenbury Wells, on August 29, prosecutor Elizabeth Blacklock said.

Officers found Langlands' Ford Focus stopped on the central white line of the road, while he was slumped over the wheel.

They also reported finding numerous empty lager cans inside the car.

Langlands was arrested after failing both a breath test and a drug test and taken into custody, where evidential tests revealed he had 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and 179 microgrammes of cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine per litre of blood. The respective legal limits are 35 and 50.

Chris Read, for Langlands, said the 20-year-old had been out with friends before going back to a friend's house that evening.

"He had drunk alcohol and taken cocaine and decided that enough time had passed that it was safe to drive," he said.

"During the course of his journey home, he realised this clearly was not the case, so he stopped and was in the process of deciding how to proceed.

"It was a very small road and he was inevitably going to be over the white line.

The court heard Langlands, who works as a roofer, had been going through a bad time and has been off work due to a shoulder injury that has required surgery.

He has sought help from a counselling service since his arrest, Mr Read said.

Langlands, of Leysters, near Leominster, was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined a total of £240. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.