A DRUG-driver caught out in a busy Hereford residential street has been banned from the roads.

Ashley Tipton appeared before magistrates for sentencing in January after he was found guilty in his absence of one count of driving a motor vehicle while over the drug limit by magistrates in November.

He had previously entered a not guilty plea to the charge at an earlier hearing in July last year.


The court heard from prosecutor Owen Beale that the 42-year-old had been caught out in Hereford's Whittern Way after getting behind the wheel of a white Honda Civic while over the drug-driving limit on April 6.

An evidential blood test revealed that Tipton, who was represented at Kidderminster Magistrates Court by defence solicitor Mark Sheward, had more than the legal limit of 50 microgrammes of controlled class A drug cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine per litre of blood at the time.

Tipton, of Whittern Way, Hereford, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £375. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £500 and a £150 victim surcharge.