A KEY worker has been banned from the road after admitting drug driving.

Poppy McDermott, 37, of Osbaston, Knockin, pleaded guilty to being above the drug drive limit when she appeared at Welshpool Magistrates Court.

Anouska Youds, prosecuting, said officers stopped McDermott's BMW at Four Crosses on April 12 as part of coronavirus travel checks.

On speaking to the officer McDermott showed her Key Worker identification but the officer could smell cannabis, and she admitted she had just smoked a joint.

A drugs swipe proved positive for Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, with 310 milligrams - the legal limit is 50.

Defending, Ryan Khaira said McDermott had attended a very small gathering with friends during a very stressful time in her role in health care, providing support for people with mental health issues in Shrewsbury.

He said: "She has never taken cocaine before in her life. She remembers very little from the night.

"She has never dabbled in Class A drugs before and feels disgusted."

A number of glowing references were read out on McDermott's behalf and Mr Khaira said it was hoped her employer would be able to keep her on.

Chair of the magistrates bench Nerys Jones gave McDermott a 12 month driving ban and a £230 fine.

She will also pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.