A CROSS Hills man had both cocaine and cannabis in his system when he was stopped by police while driving, heard Magistrates.

Cameron Foulston, 23, was stopped by officers in Wheatlands Lane on an unrelated matter during the afternoon of January 28. He was arrested and taken to the police station because officers smelt cannabis, heard the Skipton court on Friday.

A blood test later revealed he had 2.6 microgrammes of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis) in his system, the specified limit is two microgrammes per litre of blood. He also had 84 microgrammes of the cocaine by product, Benzoylecgonine in his system, the specified limit is 50 microgrammes per litre of blood.

The court heard Foulston had received a conditional discharge from Bradford Crown Court, for a different matter, after committing the drugs driving offences.

Foulston, who admitted two counts of driving with a proportion of drug over the specified limit, had at the time been stressed about his forthcoming court appearance.

Shiraz Hussain said Foulston's friend had been smoking cannabis and he had ‘foolishly’ had some to calm down. He also admitted to taking cocaine, but not on the same day.

Mr Hussain added Foulston was a civil engineer who would automatically lose his job.

Foulston, of Wheatlands Lane was banned from driving for 12 months on both counts, to run concurrently. He was also fined £160 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £30.