A YOUNG motorist who was caught drug driving twice within a month has lost his licence.

Alex Wilk, of School Lane in Coedpoeth, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old admitted that on January 7 this year he drove a vehicle on the A55 at Chester when the proportion of cannabis in his blood was 9.5 microgrammes per litre of blood (the limit being 2).

He had previously admitted an offence of drug driving on the A55 at St Asaph on February 7, his reading on that occasion being 5.8 microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood.

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Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the court Wilk was stopped in January after police initially spotted him on the A550 Dobshill Roundabout with ineffective brake lights.

He was stopped and arrested after testing positive for cannabis.

On the second occasion - exactly one month later - he had been released under investigation for the first incident, but was pulled over again due to his lights, this time on the A55 at St Asaph.

Police noticed his reaction times were slow and his eyes appeared glazed, with large pupils.

Ceri Lewis, defending, told the court her client had been eating "cannabis sweets" prior to the first of the two offences, and had smoked the drug the day before the second one.

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He had acknowledged he had a "problem" with the drug, and had referred himself to "various agencies" to seek help, she added.

Ms Lewis said: "He's from a very supportive family, and they're very disappointed he has lost his good character.

"He's thoroughly ashamed of himself."

Jacqueline Jones, chair of the Magistrates, said: "I make the point that the second offence was actually committed while you were under investigation for the first, which is shocking.

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"It shows a total disregard for the law."

The court handed down fines totalling £400, costs of £170 and £40 costs.

The defendant was banned from driving for 24 months.

He was told to "keep off the sweets and cannabis."

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