A DRUG-driver caught with an offensive weapon in Hereford has been sentenced by magistrates.

Michael Freeman entered a guilty plea to one count of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and one count of driving while over the drug limit when he appeared before magistrates in Kidderminster in September.

The court heard from prosecutor Angela Hallan that the 26-year-old had been caught out after getting behind the wheel of a white Mitsubishi Canter in Hereford's Ledbury Road while over the drug-driving limit on March 10.


An evidential blood test revealed he had 3.2 microgrammes of class B controlled drug cannabis metabolite per litre of blood. The legal limit is two microgrammes.

He was also found to be in possession of a knuckleduster, without good reason or lawful authority, on the same date, the court heard.

Freeman, of Bishops Frome, was handed a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work, while the knuckleduster was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £185 and a £114 victim surcharge.