A MAN who left his crashed car on its roof in Holywell was found to be 20 times the drug drive limit, a court heard.

Graeme Williams, of Hafod Y Ddol in Mostyn, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 35-year-old admitted that on November 21 at Holywell, he drove a Vauxhall Astra in Downing Road when the proportion of cocaine in his body exceeded the specified limit.

He was found to have 217 microgrammes of the substance per litre of blood - the limit being 10.

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Sara Worland, prosecuting, told the court that on the day of the offence, officers were sent to attend a single vehicle collision, in which the Astra had landed on its roof after impacting a telegraph pole.

The driver ran from the vehicle, the court heard, but with a description provided from members of the public, Williams was found in an adjacent field.

He gave a positive roadside test and later gave the reading with which he was subsequently charged.

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Emma Simoes, defending, said: "This is very out of character for him.

"He is a man of hitherto good character (and) is a forklift driver.

"He's just thankful there were no long lasting repercussions."

Describing how her client found herself in the situation to start with, she added: "He said he had been out for a family meal and had been offered some drugs in the toilet, which he accepted.

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"He went into the car to collect a male who had consumed significant alcohol and needed rescuing, effectively."

The defendant received a fine of £500 for the offence.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

A driving ban of 12 months was also imposed.

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