A DAD who drove his children to their mum’s home while banned from driving was told in court he was lucky he wasn’t drugs tested after admitting to smoking cannabis every day.

Novar Tyrell was worried his ex-partner would make it “difficult to see his children” if he didn’t get them back for her birthday after a friend had agreed to drive but let him down.

The 43-year-old DJ was subject to a totting up ban for six months after accumulating too many penalty points and told probation officers smoking marijuana daily is “my karma.”

At Worcester Magistrates Court, Brent Robinson, chair of the bench, said had the police who pulled him over give him a roadside drug test it was “likely you would be here for drugs as well.”

Shafquat Reaz, prosecuting, said officers on patrol spotted Tyrell’s BMW car at 1.40am on July 25 on the M5 between junctions 4A and 5 and having run it through their system found he potentially had no insurance and was disqualified.

Tyrell pulled off the motorway at junction 5 onto the A38 and was driving towards Rashwood when police pulled him over near the Holiday Inn.

Further checks confirmed the vehicle’s insurance had been cancelled and Tyrell only had a provisional driving licence, before he admitted to officers he was banned, added Mr Reaz.

Mark Sheward, defending, said: “It was a situation that he found himself in that he couldn’t get out of.”

The solicitor said his client’s two children, aged eight and three, had been staying with him, as they regularly do.

Tyrell, of Rashwood Hill, Droitwich, had arranged for a friend to take them to his ex’s in Birmingham but “at the last minute had let him down.”

Mr Sheward said the defendant’s relationship with his children’s mum is “not the best” and claimed on occasion she had made it difficult for him to see them.”

“He knew if the children returned late that would be one of the reasons she would need [to stop him] seeing them again. He had taken them to their mum’s and was driving home when he was stopped,” said the solicitor.

Mr Robinson gave Tyrell a six-month community order, including 60 hours of unpaid work, and added three months to his ban. He was also ordered to pay £225 in fines and costs.