KEEP CLEAN: Those caught drug driving could face jail time.
KEEP CLEAN: Those caught drug driving could face jail time. Bev Lacey

Drug drivers off the road and in to court

DRUG DRIVING charges took up the majority of proceedings at Warwick Magistrates Court Wednesday.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey warned the convicted, most of who were first-time offenders, the punishments would get heavier with each conviction.

Mark John Roberts was convicted of one count of drug driving

The 39-year-old Kyogle man was pulled over on Willow St, Killarney.

Police conducted a saliva test, which came back positive. He was holding a New South Wales driver’s licence at the time.

Mr Roberts was disqualified from driving for three months and fined $500.

“This not only applies in Queensland, but all over Australia,” Mr Manthey said.

“If you get caught here in Queensland it’s 18 months’ jail, maximum, and two years’ disqualification, minimum.”

Stuart Robert Whitney was convicted of one count of drug driving.

On March 14 the 38-year-old Warwick man was pulled over by police on Steele St, Warwick.

His saliva test returned a positive result.

Whitney was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

Naomi Elliott was also convicted of a single charge of drug driving.

The 38-year-old Warwick woman was pulled over on March, 14 in Warwick.

The court heard she was drug tested and her results showed she had methamphetamine in her system.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said that was Elliott’s second drug driving conviction in under a year.

“I was a bit shocked,” Ms Elliott told Mr Manthey.

“What, shocked it would be in your system five months after ( the initial conviction)?” Mr Manthey retorted.

Elliott was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for five months.

Jed Shane Benussi was convicted of one count of drug driving.

On March 20 the 25-year-old returned a positive reading after being stopped on the Warwick-Killarney Rd, at Killarney.

When Mr Manthey asked if there was anything Benussi would like to say, the convicted shook his head, and said “no.

“Well there’s nothing much you can say,” Mr Manthey said.

Benussi was fined $500 and disqualified for three months.



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