A MAN who drove to work after taking cocaine at a party the night before has been fined £392.

Mark Ronald Freer, 44, failed a drugs test after he was stopped in Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe, on March 23.

Freer, of Guthrum Place, Newton Aycliffe, admitted driving while unfit through drugs at the town’s magistrates’ court yesterday.

As well as the fine and court costs of £124, he was banned from driving for 12 months.