A DRIVER tested positive for cocaine after being stopped in a stolen hire car.

A BMW had been reported stolen from Thrifty Car Hire at Manchester Airport after it had been hired out for a set period and the hirer failed to return it and was subsequently reported to police.

An officer saw the car on Tuesday shortly before noon at a garage on the A6 at Westhoughton.

The driver was arrested and bailed after drug test results proved positive for cocaine.

He was arrested and taken to custody where he provided a blood sample and has now been bailed pending the results of the drugs test.

The car has been returned to the hire company.