CCO for driving under influence of ice
A DRIVER who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of the drug ice on three occasions has walked away with a 12 month Community Corrections Order.
The case was heard during the most recent sitting of the Mansfield Magistrates Court – with t hose i n attendance shocked to hear it was not the Hannalore Steigerwald was delightfully surprised last week when her golfing buddy, Jan Wright, surprised her with a special lunch.
Celebrating her 50th year in Australia, Jan decorated a table in the Roundabout café with Australian flags, little koalas and even a special Ozzie boiled fruit cake.
Hannah was born in Germany, and came to Australia to follow in the footsteps of her two brothers.
Recalling that she “was only meant to stay for two years”, last Wednesday marked her half century in Australia.
Jan and Hannalore met on the golf course – like many good friends do – and Jan laughingly reminisced over lunch, saying she had taught Hannalore the value of some true blue Australian words – such as the vernacular use of “bloody”. defendant’s first case of drug driving - the police prosecutor explaining there were priors on record.
At least one of the offences, which occurred over a four month period, was committed when the defendant was on a P plate licence, providing an explanation that he “was just driving over to see my girlfriend”.
The first offence occurred in January this year when the defendant, driving a Holden station wagon, was intercepted during a routine check.
Asked to perform an oral fluid test, two illicit drugs were detected - including methamphetamine.
The following incident was when the defendant was asked to perform an oral test during a routine inspection in early March.
Again, methamphetamines were detected, along with a mixture of cannabis.
Explaining that he was “just going to work” when the police intercepted him, the defendant was asked to accompany them back to the police station.
In April the defendant failed a third oral fluid test, again testing positive for methamphetamine.
“He needs some serious help,” Magistrate Annabel Hawkins said when hearing the case.
“This is not the first drug driving offence – he has priors – something needs to be done.
“This is not normal behaviour.”
The case was stood down for the defendant to be assessed, after which time he was sentenced to a 12 months’ Community Corrections Order (CCO).
A CCO is a flexible sentence that is served in the community – such as by performing community service works.