POLICE found several bags of heroin on a St Helens man after stopping him on suspicion of drink driving.
Kevin Pye, 41, admitted both charges before St Helens Magistrates’ Court last Friday (June 17).
The court heard how police were told about a suspected drink driver at about 4.30pm on Sunday, May 29.
Minutes later, they came across Pye in a Vauxhall Corsa at the junction of Broad Oak Road and Hargreaves Street, Parr.
When officers stopped the defendant they instantly noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath.
He was subsequently found to have 63 microgrammes of alcohol in his system per 100ml of breath - approaching two times the legal limit.
After officers arrested Pye and took him to the police station they became suspicious about his behaviour and found that he was carrying several bags of brown powder.
Following a series of tests, the powder was found to be heroin.
Pye also tested positive for opiates while at the station but made no comment during interview.
Chris Bivan, defending Pye, argued that his client did not realise that he was over the legal drink drive limit that day and deserved credit for his early guilty pleas.
He also asked Magistrates to limit any driving disqualification because the defendant takes his stepfather to hospital every month for treatment for his spinal injuries.
Justices fined Pye, of Windermere Avenue, Clinkham Wood, £125 and ordered him to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
They also banned him from driving for 17 months.