A MOTORIST who gave a false name to police later tested positive for two drugs and was also found to be a disqualified driver, a court has heard.

Blackburn Magistrates' Courrt was told how Afzal Ahmed's true identity wasn't discovered until his fingerprints were taken at the police station following the traffic stop.

Ahmed, 45, of St Leger Court, Accrington, pleaded guilty to driving while over the legal limit for cannabis and the derivative of cocaine, driving while disqualified and without insurance, and obstructing a police officer acting in the execution of his duty.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks in custody suspended for two years and made subject to a community order for 12 months, with 10 days Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 40 hours unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for 42 months after the court heard he had an excess alcohol conviction in February 2021.

The chair of the magistrates told Ahmed that as a middle aged family man and the offences were nothing to be proud of.

Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, said Ahmed was stopped because his vehicle was swerving across the road.

The driver gave his name as Ahmed Ishtiak and was arrested after failing a roadside drug swipe.

Ahmed, who was not represented, said he was sorry in mitigation before being handed his sentence.