Drug drivers took up the majority of court proceedings in last week’s Magistrates Court.
Drug drivers took up the majority of court proceedings in last week’s Magistrates Court. Frank Redward

Warwick’s drug and drunk drivers shamed in court

DRUG drivers took up the majority of court proceedings in Warwick Magistrates court last Wednesday.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey warned all those convicted to stay off the roads if they wanted to avoid jail.

"I do start with jail because drug driving is a problem here," Mr Manthey said.

"There was an 18-year-old fella that drove to the shops on a disqualified licence.

"I jailed him."

Matthew Paul Burr

Leyburn man Matthew Paul Burr was given a stern warning on court conduct after being asked what he would be doing with his drug driving charge.

"I guess I'm guilty, mate," Burr said.

Mr Manthey quipped back.

"I'm not your mate, let's get that straight," he said.

The 37-year-old was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for 5 months.

Anthony James Mackeen

A father of four pleaded guilty to his charge of drunk driving, telling Mr Manthey he was sworn of drugs.

On October 4, 2015 the 35-year-old Legume man was pulled over in Killarney and tested positive for drugs.

Mackeen told the court he was done with drugs.

"I don't smoke it any more your honour," he said.

"It was a one off occasion."

Mr Manthey disqualified Mackeen from driving for 3 months and fined him $500.

"Get it together for the sake of your family," Mr Manthey warned.

Troy Gavin Timbs

A Cambooya man pleaded guilty to two charges after driving with a relevant drug in his system while on a suspended licence.

The 44-year-old man was pulled over on Wood St on March 27, this year and provided a positive drug test.

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

Victor Paul Muller

A 26-year-old French man pleaded guilty to drink driving in Killarney.

On May, 13 this year Victor Paul Muller was pulled over by police and blew an alcohol reading of .131.

Mr Muller told the court he was not aware of Australia's alcohol limit.

"I didn't know what was the limit, I am sorry," he said.

He was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.

Jacob David Ernest Finney

A Warwick man pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and one charge of possessing pipe.

The first incident occured January 10 when 23-year-old Jacob David Ernest Finney was pulled over by police.

A pipe was found during a car search and Finney provided a positive saliva test.

On March 27, Finney was pulled over again, tested positive to drugs.

Finney was sentenced to 12 months probation, 60 hours of community service and disqualified from driving for eight months.



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