A DRUG driver had turned to using cannabis as his relationship came to an end, a court heard.

Bolton magistrates were told how Daniel Brown was initially stopped in Worsley Road, Farnworth, on August 13 last year, for speeding.

But Joseph Haughton, prosecuting, said officers smelled cannabis and tests revealed 47-year-old Brown had used the drug.

Brown pleaded guilty to drug driving and Gary Heaven, defending, stressed the ventilation engineer is of previous good character.

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"At the time he was coming towards the end of what had been a very difficult relationship," said Mr Heaven.

"He started to use cannabis to a greater extent than he had done previously.

"He wasn't aware, at the time he was driving that morning, that he was as far over the limit as he plainly was."

He added that Brown has now stopped using cannabis but, as a result of the prosecution, he lost a work contract and is now unemployed.

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Mr Heaven stressed that it was a "heavy blow" for the defendant to suffer.

Magistrates banned Brown, of Helsby Street, Warrington, from driving for 12 months, fined him £120 and ordered him to pay £119 in costs and charges.