A MAN who drank alcohol for the first time in two years was stopped by police for driving the wrong way in Chester.

Warren Gbadago, 28, of The Willow, Buckley, Flintshire, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and possession of cannabis when he appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday, April 29.

Prosecuting, Emily Comer said it was on the night of April 14 when Gbadago, who had been at Rosies nightclub, was seen on CCTV getting into a car on St Werburgh Street and driving it the wrong way on the one-way road.

Police stopped him and could smell cannabis inside the vehicle.

The defendant provided a positive breath test, blowing a reading of 46 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35.

He had no previous convictions.

Forfeiture and destruction of the small amount of cannabis found was sought.

Defending, Adam Antoszkiw said Gbadago had entered a prompt guilty plea.

The defendant had drunk alcohol for the first time in two years, as he was "actually allergic" to it, but after having a Southern Comfort, he did not experience an adverse reaction, so continued to drink that night.

Gbadago had "misjudged the amount he had to drink" and was found to be over the limit.

The defendant was a forensic science student who hoped to become a teacher.

His biggest regret was the impact a driving ban would have on those he cared for, who were not able to drive.

Magistrates imposed a 14-month driving ban, with an option to reduce the driving ban by 14 weeks upon successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Gbadago was also fined £180 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.