A MOTORIST who crashed into railings passed a roadside breathalyser but failed a drug swipe.

Blackburn magistrates heard Issac Lionheart Bashir had benzoylecgonine, the derivative of cocaine, in his system.

Bashir, 25, of Albert Street, Nelson, pleaded guilty to drug driving. He was fined £220 with £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge and banned from driving for 16 months.

Suzeeda Ismail, prosecuting, said police were called to a crash in Howard Street, Burnley, at 11.30am on November 17. Bashir had crashed his Ford Focus into railings and members of the public suspected he was under the influence of alcohol.

Bashir told officers he had swerved to avoid colliding with an oncoming car.

The officers noticed his eyes were glazed and his lips were sticky with saliva and carried out the roadside tests.

Bashir told the court the had taken cocaine the night before when he was out with friends and didn't realise he would still be over the limit.

He said his car had been written off as a result of the crash.