BUSTED: Drug driver caught behind the wheel high on meth
A drug driver will be off the roads for more than two years after he was busted driving while high on meth, on a disqualified licence.
Christopher Robert Nicholson fronted the Roma Magistrates Court on December 16, after he was intercepted by police in November last year for driving while on a disqualified licence by court order.
The court heard officers conducted a roadside drug test which provided a positive result of methamphetamine.
Police prosecutor sergeant David Longhurst said the defendant was then intercepted by police on June 4 this year, and once again was driving while high on meth.
The prosecutor submitted Nicholson should be off the roads for a minimum of two years.
“The aggravating factors is that he’s repeated this same offence and the prosecution would submit two years would be reflective of that second offence,” Sgt Longhurst said.
Nicholson had no explanation for his actions to Magistrate Peter Saggers.
“Nothing I can say … it was the choice I made,” he said.
Saggers interrupted the defendant and said, “it was a poor choice”.
“Driving while disqualified is seen by the court as contempt of a court order … the orders of the court become meaningless if you people think ‘I’ll drive anyway’ … there has to be some sting for people who aren’t going to cop it,” Saggers said.
Nicholson pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and driving without a licence disqualified by a court order.
He was fined $1500 and was disqualified from driving for two years for the disqualification charge and four months for both drug driving offences.
The convictions were recorded.