An Isle of Wight drug driver has been banned from driving for four years after being found under the influence, while uninsured and disqualified, at the wheel of his BMW.

Rajinder Kumar, of Great Preston Road, Ryde, attended the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Friday, January 26, after previously pleading guilty to two charges of drug driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, said a police patrol on February 24, 2023, spotted the 41-year-old sitting idly inside his BMW on Great Preston Road with the brake lights on.

Ms Miller told the court Kumar's details were checked by police, who discovered he had no insurance and was disqualified.

Ms Miller said Kumar appeared nervous, was detained and told police he was “just moving the vehicle around.”

A roadside drug test was positive for cannabis, and a further blood test showed he was over the limit for derivatives of cocaine and cannabis.

Kumar pleaded guilty at his trial on November 9.

Michael McGoldrick, defending, said Kumar, a ‘family man’, moved the vehicle 100 yards to help someone jump their car.

The defence said: “It was an incredibly short distance to help out a friend, but it was a foolish decision.”

Magistrates told Kumar he had an “appalling record of driving whilst disqualified,” handing him a four-year driving ban.

Kumar was also made subject to an 18-month community order, to include 270 hours of unpaid work, £650 costs and a £114 surcharge.