A MAN has been banned from the roads for three years having admitted a string of driving offences which took place on the A41 in Cheshire.

Edward Barnwell, 29, pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates Court to testing above the drug driving limit for a metabolite of cocaine, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and having no insurance.

Jonathan Wilkinson, prosecuting, said Barnwell of Edgbaston, Birmingham, was driving a Ford Focus when he was stopped by police on the A41 on May 21.

He gave a positive drugs test result of 585 microgrammes of Benzoylecgonine per litre of blood (the legal limit is 50 microgrammes) and was found to have no driving licence or insurance.

Defending himself, Barnwell said he was in the area on holiday having borrowed a car.

Chair of the bench Olga Randall disqualified Barnwell from driving for 36 months and handed him a £120 fine. He will also pay £135 court costs and a £48 victim surcharge.