A van driver found with a controlled drug in his system has been banned from driving.

Deane Farrell, from 48 Masons Way, Codmore Hill, Pulborough, drove a Mitsubishi Canter on Crowhurst Road in Brighton on December 2 with a controlled drug in his system.

It was found that the proportion of Benzoylecgonine (BZE) in his blood exceeded the specified limit (50µg/L) at a level of 217µg/L.

The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to the offence on March 23 and was fined £200. He was also banned from driving for 12 months.

The guilty plea was taken into account and he was ordered to pay £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service and an £80 surcharge.

Farrell also pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle without the appropriate licence and using a motor vehicle without third-party insurance.