$1200 fine and ban for drug-driv­ing of­fences

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

ZAC Parker’s charges re­minded Mag­is­trate Tom Braes of the movie Dumb and Dum­ber when his mat­ter came be­fore the Ma­reeba Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day.

Parker pleaded guilty to two drug-driv­ing of­fences and five drug re­lated charges which were from 2016 and 2017.

Sergeant Matthew Mitchell said the two drug driv­ing charges both oc­curred on July 16, where Parker, on both oc­ca­sions, was pulled over.

He was stopped by po­lice con­duct­ing ran­dom breath tests (RBT) who checked his saliva for drugs.

On both oc­ca­sions he re­turned a pos­i­tive drug test.

Parker ex­plained to po­lice he had been smok­ing cannabis but thought it was out of his sys­tem.

One of the drug of­fences oc­curred on Septem­ber 11, 2016 and the other three were com­mit­ted on Septem­ber 21, 2016.

Sergeant Mitchell said the charge that oc­cured on Septem­ber 11, hap­pened when Parker was in­ter­cepted by an RBT, po­lice saw a set of elec­tric scales in the back seat of his car. As Parker was pulling out his wal­let, po­lice also saw a crys­tal sub­stance in a small bag.

Sergeant Mitchell told the court that when po­lice ques­tioned Parker about the bag, he ex­plained that his part­ner picked it up off the ground in a carpark and he put it in his wal­let.

Af­ter po­lice tested the sub­stance, it re­turned a pos­i­tive match for metham­phetamine but due to the small quan­tity no weight was recorded.

It was heard in court that three charges oc­curred on Septem­ber 21, 2016 at a res­i­dence in Walsh Street, Ma­reeba at 10.35pm.

Po­lice ar­rived at the front door and saw a small dish with a sub­stance in­side which was later tested and re­turned a pos­i­tive re­sult for drugs.

Uten­sils were also found which had been used for drug pur­poses and 9.8g of cannabis was lo­cated.

Parker’s lawyer Amanda Mu­rador ex­plained to the court that at the time of the of­fences Parker was fac­ing a dif­fi­cult time in his life.

He was em­ployed but is cur­rently un­em­ployed due to med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions with his leg.

Mag­is­trate Braes said it was the old ‘I found it in a car park’ say­ing, which had been told to the court numerous times.

“I have been go­ing to car parks for about 60 years and I have never found guns, am­mu­ni­tion or drugs that I hear peo­ple say they found,” he said.

Parker was fined $1200, will be dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four months and was served with a 12-month pro­ba­tion or­der.

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