A BMW driver who was caught over the cocaine limit was banned from the roads for a year.

Oliver Slade, 26, was stopped at the Marlborough Road service station on October 29 last year.

Police initially stopped him as there was an issue with the hire agreement on the 69-plate BMW 520 he was driving.

Officers asked him to complete a drugs wipe, which came back positive for cocaine. Blood tests showed he was three times the limit for cocaine and four times the limit for by-product benzoylecgonine.

Slade, of Northampton Street, Swindon, was found guilty in his absence of two counts of drug driving. He has no previous convictions.

Representing himself at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Slade apologised for not attending his trial. He added: “It won’t happen again when I’m driving again.”

He was fined £180, ordered to pay £332 in costs and surcharge and banned from driving for a year.