Charleville man drives high on meth, fronts court
A CHARLEVILLE man who has previously spent time in jail due to his long history of driving offences has fronted court after he was busted behind the wheel and high on methamphetamine.
The Charleville Magistrates Court heard on September 19, Richard Stanley Ryan, 31, was charged with three offences – driving while relevant drug is presence, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime and possession of dangerous drugs.
Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff told Magistrate Peter Saggers that the prosecution would not be entering any evidence for two charges – possessing anything used in the commission of a crime and the possessing cannabis offence.
Ryan pleaded guilty to the drug driving charge.
The court heard about 8pm on June 12, Charleville police intercepted Ryan on King St, Charleville.
Ryan handed over his probationary licence to police before they conducted a roadside drug test which later returned a positive result.
He was taken back to the police station and admitted to police he had used methamphetamine in the past few days.
Ryan supplied a specimen of saliva which returned a result confirming the presence of methamphetamine.
The defendant’s lawyer, Frank Jongkind said his client had used the drug some days prior to the incident and didn’t think it would still be in his system.
“It is of course the case, that his traffic history is not good,” Mr Jongkind said.
“Within the last five years, there are offences of a like-nature but in my opinion, a fine would be satisfactory for this offence.”
Magistrate Saggers told the defendant that he needs to give some thought about his life choices.
“You’ve previously spent time in custody for disqualified driving,” he said.
“You might want to give some thought about your drug choices, but it’s a decision you need to make.”
The defendant was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.
The conviction was recorded.
“Don’t drive, that’s what you’ve gone to jail for previously,” the magistrate warned Ryan.