A homeless drug-driver’s craving for fast-food led to a court appearance.

Ethan Jamieson, of Heol Dyfed, Fishguard, pleaded guilty to driving while over the controlled drug limit when he appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, April 16.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said a fast-food worker thought Jamieson looked ‘stoned’ when she served him in McDonalds car park, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, at 9.45pm on January 6.

Police could smell cannabis coming from his Ford Fiesta, and he was found to be eight times the controlled drug limit.

The court heard that Jamieson, 20, had no previous convictions.

Anthony O’Connell, defending, said: “He apologises to the court and is remorseful for his actions.

“At the time he was homeless and was living in his car. He used cannabis to help him get to sleep.”

Mr O’Connell added that there was no evidence that Jamieson’s driving was impaired, but he accepted that the offence was aggravated by the fact that he was carrying passengers.

“It’s going to be a costly lesson for him today. He recently secured work as a labourer and the work will be at a number of sites around the area.

“He will almost certainly lose his job as a result of the loss of his licence.”

Magistrates fined Jamieson £120 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

He was banned from driving for 12 months.