A TEENAGER crashed into a pole after taking ecstasy the night before, a court has heard.

Tobie Oldman admitted drug-driving when she appeared before magistrates in Hereford.

Police were called to reports of a crash on the A438 at Stoke Edith on August 27, prosecutor Elizabeth Blacklock said.

Oldman, who had crashed her black Citroen C1 into a pole, was taken to Hereford County Hospital for checks, where a blood sample was taken and showed she had 75 microgrammes of MDMA per litre of blood. The legal limit is 10.


Chris Read, for Oldman, said she had been 17 at the time of the crash, but that delays in the results of her blood tests meant she had since turned 18 and so was appearing in the adult court.

"It was about 10am on the day in question, and she had left her mother's home where she had spent the night to go into Hereford for a dental appointment," Mr Read said.

"She had taken MDMA that night and did not know it would stay in her blood. She says something ran out in front of her, like a rabbit, and she swerved to try and avoid it and her car went across the carriageway and hit a pole on the far side of the road.

"There were no significant injuries and she fully cooperated at the hospital the the blood sample procedure."

The court heard Oldman is currently a college student but is due to start a weekend job.

Oldman, of Shelwick, Herefordshire, was fined £57 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. She must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.