A MAN who called the police to report a crime was arrested and brought to court after he failed to appear at a previous hearing.

Ryan Floyd Hughes appeared before magistrates with two black eyes after he was apprehended after police executed a warrant.

Officers confirmed they were called to his house in Ainslie Street in Barrow after he previously failed to attend court after drug driving on the A590.

The bench at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court heard the defendant was found to have driven on the A590 in Ulverston with a breakdown of cannabis in his system.

The court heard Hughes, 30, had been driving his Peugeot Partner van on the road in Ulverston on December 11.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Lee Dacre told the court: "Officers stopped the defendant's moving Peugeot van.

"They could smell cannabis.

"He was arrested at the police station and a blood sample was taken.

"In relation to his background he has some previous convictions but they are dated."

The court was told the motorist had 5.1 microgrammes of the cannabis product in a litre of blood.

That reading was more than double the legal driving of two mcgs.

Hughes was represented in court by solicitor Andy Gallagher.

Mr Gallagher said: "It's very straight forward.

"It's a guilty plea at the first opportunity.

"They were no aggravating features.

"The defendant is well aware that he will be disqualified from driving."

Magistrates gave Hughes credit for his guilty plea.

For the offence of drug driving, the defendant was disqualified from holding a licence for the next 12 months.

Hughes was also handed a fine of £120 by the bench, which was led by chairman Gillian Sutton.

The defendant was also ordered to pay a £32 surcharge to fund victim services.

As well as that Hughes was told to pay £85 in prosecution costs for bringing the case to court.

Drivers can be fined up to £5,000 if they are convicted of drug driving.