Mum caught on meth was on a school run
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.