Mum caught on meth was on a school run

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A GAYN­DAH woman who ap­peared in court for drug driv­ing charges on Fe­bru­ary 7 said a break in her rou­tine had caused her to get be­hind the wheel the day she was caught.

Rebekah Claire Shoe­bridge, 43, came be­fore the Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court on a charge of driv­ing with a drug present in her saliva af­ter she was in­ter­cepted by po­lice in Novem­ber last year.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Louese McCon­nell pro­duced an anal­y­sis cer­tifi­cate in court, stat­ing that the drug in ques­tion had been methy­lam­phetamine.

Shoe­bridge’s de­fence lawyer, Mor­gan Har­ris, told the court the de­fen­dant had con­sumed the drug three days prior.

“Be­ing a lo­cal of a small town, it was her usual prac­tice that she would walk on foot to pick up her kids or to pick up gro­ceries,” Mr Har­ris said.

“(That) day how­ever, she broke that rou­tine. She was run­ning late to pick up her kids from school.”

“She hopped in the car, un­aware that when you con­sume methy­lam­phetamine, it stays in your sys­tem for a num­ber of weeks.”

Mag­is­trate Terry Duroux ac­knowl­edged that, due to a lack of public trans­port in­fra­struc­ture it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to con­fer a larger-thannec­es­sary pun­ish­ment on the ac­cused.

Shoe­bridge was fined $300 and dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence for a pe­riod of one month.

A con­vic­tion was recorded.

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