A young Wirral motorist who was stopped by police by chance was found to be a cocaine dealer, a court heard.

Officers stopped Andrew Forster as he was driving a VW Passat along Breck Road, Wallasey on the evening of June 19 last year because the vehicle did not apparently have a MoT certificate.

He initially gave a false name but then revealed his real identity and it was found he was on a provisional licence holder.

He was also found to have seven phials of steroids and then volunteered that he had eight wraps of cocaine.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that when his iPhone was examined the messages on it revealed that he had the cocaine for commercial supply.

The cocaine found on him had a potential street value of £300, said Chris Hopkins, prosecuting.

24-year-old Forster, of Flaybrick Close, Bidston, was jailed for 28 months and banned from driving for 12 months.

Judge Andrew Hatton told Forster, “People who peddle Class A drugs are peddling in misery.”

Forster had pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possessing Class C drugs and driving without insurance and a licence.

Neil Gunn, defending, said that Forster has no previous convictions and had been employed doing hotel reception work and in a gym.

He was addicted to cocaine and when his partner was pregnant with his first child and having difficulties he packed in his job to help her.

He was unable to meet his drug commitments and began dealing cocaine. The baby was born the day before his arrest, said Mr Gunn.