$1200 fine and ban for drug-driving offences
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.