Smoking cannabis the day before taking to the road cost a chef his job and his driving licence.

Dylan James David Williams, of Dunvant, Swansea, pleaded guilty to driving while over the controlled drug limit when he appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, April 16.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said police were conducting speed checks on the A477 at Lanteg on January 7, when they formed the opinion that Williams’ BMW 320 was exceeding the limit.

“When they spoke to him they could smell cannabis and a road-side swipe was positive.”

Officers described Williams, 22, as looking pale and clammy and he admitted using cannabis the previous day.

Anthony O’Connell, prosecuting, said: “He works long hours as a chef and has been taking cannabis on a social basis.

“He will not be able to get to work without a car and will lose his employment today. There is no public transport that will get him to work.”

Magistrates fined Williams £440 and banned him from driving for 12 months.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £44 surcharge.