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It scares the s**t out of me: magistrate on drug drivers

A FRUSTRATED magistrate has launched a scathing attack on drug drivers, describing their actions as "disgusting" and "appalling".

Magistrate Bevan Manthey expressed his frustrations during a busy morning at the Inglewood Magistrates Court last week.

Drug drivers dominated the session of court on Thursday morning.

Among them was Jonathon Maxwell Rountree, 26, who was busted driving with methamphetamine in his system.

The Inglewood man was pulled over for a random drug test on Chilcott St on October 29.

The court heard Rountree had a "full page" of criminal history.

After dealing with dozens of drug drivers in Warwick, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi in the past few weeks, Mr Manthey showed no mercy.

"It's absolutely disgusting and appalling these drivers getting around on drugs," he said.

"It scares the s**t out of me.

"I had 34 drink drivers in Warwick and 22 in Stanthorpe - only three were drink drivers."

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Rountree told the court he was "off the stuff" and had a baby on the way.

Mr Manthey scolded Rountree for his actions.

"It's an absolute insult, disrespectful to your family doing this s**t," he said.

"If you do it again you will do time with your history."

Rountree had his licence disqualified for five months and was slapped with a $700 fine.

Offenders hoping for leniency were given none by Mr Manthey.

Brock Owen Rawlins, 24, found that out the hard way.

The Bonshaw man was found driving with marijuana in his system by police in Inglewood late last year.

Defence solicitor Ian Stacey from Lilley, Spanner & Stacey, said his client had separated from his partner of seven years and had used some marijuana.

Mr Stacey asked the magistrate to show Rawlins some leniency.

"The loss of his licence would cost him his employment," he said.

"I'd ask you consider a one-month penalty."

Mr Manthey said Rawlins put himself in that position.

"I've been hammered with drug drivers and I'm sick of it," he said.

"We had 12 drug drivers in Goondiwindi - my penalty has been consistent here."

Rawlins had his licence disqualified for three months and was fined $500.

Topics:  drug drivers, inglewood magistrates court, magistrates, warwick




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