A MOPED rider has been banned from the roads after crashing into a car while over the drink-drive limit.

Adam Hydes admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police were called to a crash involving a red moped and a car on the B4214 near Cusop Farm, Bromyard, on July 6, prosecutor Ralph Robyns Landricombe said.

Hydes admitted he had been riding the moped and was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

He was taken to hospital in Hereford, where an evidential blood test was taken and later revealed he had 129 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Hydes also admitted to officers that he had used illegal drugs, but was found to be below the legal drug-drive limit.

Chris Read, for Hydes, said the 28-year-old had been living very close to where he crashed at the time.

"The other car reports that he was driving in the opposite direction and saw the headlight of the moped approaching," Mr Read said.

"He came almost to a stop, but Hydes was unable to negotiate the bend and there was a crash.

"He was taken to hospital and police asked the doctor to take a blood sample. It has taken this length of time for that sample to be analysed and for him to be brought here today.

"The situation has moved on and he has unfortunately been out of work for some times. He has been living at home and has been dependant on his family, but he has now been told that cannot continue and he is to make a claim for benefits. He is hoping to get a job, but that is going to be very difficult for him without a licence."

Hydes, of Oatleys Road, Ledbury, was disqualified from driving for 18 months and fined a total of £240. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.