A MAN caught behind the wheel while on cocaine twice in three days has been handed a lengthy driving ban.

Peter Bird was first stopped on February 28 earlier this year while he was driving a Vauxhall Mokka in Chester Way, Northwich.

A blood test from this incident revealed the 38-year-old had 32µg/L of cocaine in his system, more than three times the legal limit of 10µg/L.

But, just two days later on March 1, Bird was caught again, this time in his home street of Artisan Way in Northwich.

On this occasion, Bird again had 32µg/L of cocaine in his system, as well as 800µg/L of Benzoylecgonine (a cocaine breakdown product) in his blood.

This is 16 times the legal limit of 50µg/L.

Bird was charged with three counts of drug-driving and appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on May 7, where he pleaded guilty to all charges.

Taking his admissions into account, magistrates disqualified Bird from driving for 30 months when he returned to court for sentencing on June 7.

He was also fined £150 and handed an 18-month community order, in which he must complete up to 35 days of rehabilitation activity.

Bird was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.