A VAN driver from Herefordshire has been banned from the roads after using cannabis before getting behind the wheel.

Frederick Sheehan admitted drug-driving when he appeared before Worcester magistrates.

Sheehan was driving a Ford Transit van on the M5 motorway in Worcestershire between junction four and Frankley Services on August 23 last year when he was caught out, prosecutor Lauren Millichip said.


Sheehan provided a blood test for class B drug cannabis. The evidential test revealed he had 2.2 microgrammes of cannabis product delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per litre of blood. The legal limit is two.

The 56-year-old pleaded guilty, and this was taken into account by magistrates imposing the penalty. However, they had no choice but to impose a driving disqualification, as all drivers convicted of drug-driving are banned.

Sheehan, of Waterworks Lane in Leominster, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £80. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £32 victim surcharge.