An unexpected call to go into work landed a Denbigh man with a 12-month driving ban when he appeared at Llandudno magistrates’ court.

When Krzysf Walczyk was stopped while driving at Rhuallt on November 18 he was found to have six microgrammes of cannabis per 100 millilitres of blood, the specified limit being two.

His solicitor Richard Williams told the court he had taken cannabis the night before and did not expect to drive the following day but had been called into caravan manufacturing plant where he worked.

He had taken the drug because he was upset, having just returned from Poland where he had visited his father’s grave for the first time.

Walczyk, aged 41, of Ael-y-Bryn, Denbigh, pleaded guilty to driving with a drug level above the limit and was disqualified for 12 months. He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 surcharge.