A MOTORIST caught under the influence of drugs has been ordered to pay more than £500 and disqualified from driving.

Luke Pickering, 25, of Shield Avenue, Worsbrough, was found to have both cocaine and THC - the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis - in his system when he was caught on Dearne Valley Parkway on April 7 of last year.

Pickering pleaded guilty to the two charges when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, changing his original plea from the previous day.

He was ordered to pay costs of £300, fines of £200 and victim surcharge of £32, and was also disqualified for 12 months.