A NORTH Berwick man who admitted driving while under the influence of drugs has been banned from the road.

George Whitehead, of Couper Avenue, was stopped by a member of the public after he displayed “erratic driving” on the B1345 on July 4 last year.

Whitehead was then visited by police, who conducted their own forensic tests which found the driver was under the influence of an unknown drug.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told that Whitehead had a previous conviction for a similar offence and he was subsequently fined £300 and banned from driving for three years.

Alison Innes, procurator fiscal depute, said: “At about 9pm he was seen by a member of the public driving erratically on a B road from Drem to Dirleton.

“[The member of the public] signalled for accused to stop, which he did.

“He could not smell any alcohol on him so they both went back to their own vehicles.

“The man was so concerned, though, that he phoned the police.

“The police then took over and spoke to the accused outside his home address and he indicated he had been driving.

“He was examined by an FME (forensic medical examiner) who opined that the accused was under the influence of a drug.”

Solicitor Mary Moultrie said that her client, who pleaded guilty to driving when unfit through drugs, had committed the offence at an “unfortunate time” as he was “going through a break-up of a relationship” and his mother had been ill.

Ms Moultrie said: “He was previously addicted to heroin for about four years but had gone through some sort of detox with the help of his GP.”

The brief added that unemployed Whitehead, 32, had taken prescribed drugs for anxiety and a lack of sleep and was “under the influence of those drugs on that date”.

Ms Moultrie said that he had then taken drugs when he got home and that during the drive he had “hit a kerb” with his vehicle.

“He has accepted his culpability at the outset,” added Ms Moultrie.