Addict reveals how drugs robbed him of almost everything
A SOUTHERN Downs man has detailed the perils of methamphetamine use as he fronted court on a number of drug charges.
Peter Laurence Dyer, 48, was caught driving on East St in Clifton when he was pulled over police in July.
He tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine.
Standing in Warwick Magistrates Court, Dyer said getting pulled over forced him to finally confront his addiction.
"The day I got pulled over was the first day of my new life," he said.
"I was in a big hole.
"I lost my family.
"I was selfish and I didn't care about anyone else."
Dyer thanked his wife for standing by him and helping to pull him out of the "hole".
"She said, 'You're coming with me or you're going'," he said.
"I had been swallowed.
"You get blindsided until someone pulls you out."
Dyer pleaded guilty to driving while a relevant drug was present in his saliva alongside one charge of possessing utensils used with drugs and one charge of failing to appear in accordance with undertaking.
The 48-year-old now follows a mental health plan but acting magistrate Leanne Scoines said his story was indicative of how destructive drug use could be.
"Things go from bad to worse when you're using meth," Ms Scoines said.
"You said you didn't mean to get addicted to this drug - Well then, don't start.
"You're not a passive thing that things are enacted upon. You've got free will."
Ms Scoines issued Dyer an $800 fine for all three charges and sentenced him to a month of disqualified driving.
No conviction was recorded.