A would-be mechanic from Mansfield was banned and fined for driving while disqualified, a court ruled.
Stephan Anthony Spencer, 22, of Newgate Lane, admitted driving without a licence or insurance, and possession of cannabis, when he appeared before magistrates in Mansfield on Thursday.
The court heard Spencer was stopped in a Ford Mondeo on Skerry Hill, on October 9, and a small quantity of the Class B drug was found on him.
Sarah Sanderson, mitigating, said Spencer, who is unemployed, was a talented mechanic who sometimes repaired vehicles.
But he and his partner had recently suffered a personal tragedy, she added, and Spencer had driven the car in a bid to “get away and clear his head.”
“He seems to have gone off the rails a little bit,” Ms Sanderson said.
He was fined £120 for the drugs and £120 for the driving offences, as well as a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was banned for six months.