A HEREFORD man who drove his BMW car while extremely high on cocaine has been banned from the roads. 

Michael Brimfield, of Dabinett Avenue, was nearly 30 times over the limit when he was stopped by police in Grandstand Road on April 4. 

The 36-year-old had 286 micrograms of cocaine in his blood, when the legal drive limit is 10mcg. He also had a massive 800mcg of Benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, in his system, with that legal limit being 50mcg. 


It wasn't the first time that Brimfield had driven while high on drugs. 

He was also arrested in Bewell Street on March 18 when, on that occasion, he had 569mcg of Benzoylecgonine in his blood. 

Melanie Winterflood, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court, said Brimfield was convicted of drug driving last July, which resulted in a three-year disqualification. However, she explained that the offences he was in court for pre-dated that conviction and disqualification.


In defence, Ed Middleton said his client, who pleaded guilty to three charges of drug driving, 'has had a difficult relationship with cocaine'.

"He lost his job and referred himself to Turning Point," said Mr Middleton. 

"He has put his cocaine usage behind him." 

Brimfield was handed a 12-month community order requiring him to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and attend 10 rehabilitation activity days. 

He was also disqualified from driving for three years and told to pay court costs of £135 and a government surcharge of £60 respectively.