A BMW driver was nearly four times over the drug drive limit when he was stopped by police. 

Jack Barker Kear, of Mount Pleasant, Lydney, Gloucestershire, was driving on the A40 in Weston-under-Penyard, near Ross-on-Wye, at around 7.20pm on June 15. 

Tim Wickstead, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court, said the 24-year-old was stopped by police for speeding. 

"He did a roadside test which showed it was positive," said Mr Wickstead.

"He was taken to Hereford for an evidential blood test."


Mr Wickstead added that the results showed that Barker Kear had 15 micrograms of Delta-9-tetrhydrocannibol, the main canabinoid of cannabis, in his system per 100 millitres of blood. The legal limit is 2ug. 

The court heard that it was his second offence of this type, with an excess alcohol charge being committed in 2020.

In defence, Chris Reid said there was no evidence of speeding, and he had not been charged for that.

However, Barker Kear does accept, Mr Reid said, that he took cannabis the day before.


"He had no idea that bioproducts would still be in his system 24 hours later," said Mr Reid.

"He had been doing some work as a self-employed builder but that is very little and is done on an ad-hoc basis."

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for three years and fined him £120, reduced from £180 due to him pleading guilty. 

Barker Kear also has to pay court costs of £135 and a government surcharge of £48 respectively.