A COCAINE user who was four times the legal drug-driving limit has been banned from the road.

Christopher Hoskin, of Bowleymead, pleaded guilty to the charge in court on Friday, September 25.

The 35-year-old was stopped by officers in Dogridge on February 14. He was driving his Vauxhall Astra, which was towing a Honda Civic towards Pavenhil in Purton. 

Officers were concerned he may be under the influence of drugs and a drug wipe test was conducted which tested positive to cocaine.

He was found to have 200 micrograms of cocaine in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal limit is 50 micrograms.

He was arrested and interviewed and later charged. 

As well as the disqualification, Hoskin was fined £246 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £37 and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service. 

PC Jonathan Kilburn said: “Driving whilst under the influence of an illegal drug such as cocaine is extremely dangerous -  your ability to drive is seriously impaired and you pose a risk to yourself and other road users - the fact that Hoskin was also towing another vehicle at the time makes this even more serious.

“If you suspect someone of drug driving we would urge you to call police immediately on 999 in an emergency and give as much detail as possible, including direction of travel and description of the vehicle.”