A MAN has been banned from the road after being almost six times over the drug driving limit.

Russell Sneddon, of Manor Park South, Knutsford, admitted to drug driving at Manchester Magistrates Court on May 23.

The 29-year-old was driving a Skoda Fabia on King Street, Knutsford, on December 18, last year, when stopped by police.

A subsequent blood test recorded 291 microgrammes of Benzoylecgonine, an ingredient in cocaine, in his blood.

The legal limit for this breakdown product is 50.

Magistrates banned Sneddon from holding or obtaining a driving licence for three years and endorsed his driving record.

Disqualification is obligatory for this offence, the court heard.

The defendant was also fined £350 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £35 victim surcharge.

The bench took his guilty plea into consideration when imposing the sentence.

Sneddon also admitted driving in King Street without third party insurance at 10.45pm on the same day as the drugs offence, December 18, last year.

Magistrates decided not to impose a separate penalty.

The defendant was given until June 20 to pay the £470 court bill.