A MAN who got behind the wheel whilst being almost twice over the legal drug limit has been banned from the road.

Jesse Chrappah, of St John’s Vale, Knutsford, admitted drug driving when the case was heard at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on March 16.

The 40-year-old was driving a Jaguar on Manchester Road in Knutsford on September 7, last year, when he was stopped by the police.

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A subsequent blood test recorded Chrappah had not less than 3.5ugL of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient of cannabis, in his blood.

The limit for this breakdown product is 2ug/L.

Chrappah was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Disqualification is obligatory for drug driving offences, the court heard.

The defendant was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £120 costs and £48 surcharge.

Magistrates took his guilty plea into consideration when imposing the sentence.

Chrappah also admitted using a vehicle without a valid test certificate and third party insurance on the same day as the drugs offence.

Magistrates did not impose any separate penalties but endorsed his driving licence for failing to have insurance.

The defendant was granted permission to pay the £288 court penalty in £50 weekly instalments starting on April 15