A MOTORIST found himself hauled into custody after officers suspected him of smoking drugs.

Officers in a unmarked police car pulled over the driver of a Toyota Rav4 on Weston Street, Bolton.

Traffic officers who posted the details on Thursday's incident on their social media account said: "Smoking a joint in front of a unmarked traffic car is never going to end well."

Officers also said that the driver failed a roadside drug test.

The Bolton News:

(@GMP Traffic)

He was arrested.

The Law

Police can stop motorists and make them do a ‘field impairment assessment’ if they suspect drugs have been taken.

This is a series of tests, for example asking you to walk in a straight line. They can also use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine

If they think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station.

Charges could be brought if the test is positive for drugs.

It’s illegal in England, Scotland and Wales to drive with legal drugs in the system if it impairs driving.

Those convicted of drug driving will, say the Government, receive a minimum one year driving ban, unlimited fine, up to six months in prison and a criminal record.