Addict in court twice for cocktail of drug, traffic charges
A SERIAL drug user who self-medicated for anxiety and fell asleep behind the wheel of his car has appeared before two Biloela magistrates in two separate court hearings this month.
The 24-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, first appeared in traffic court on August 12 when he pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without due care and attention.
The man later appeared on August 19 when he pleaded guilty to a string of drug-related charges, including failing to properly dispose of a syringe, possessing drug-related property, contravening the direction of police and two charges of possessing dangerous drugs.
The man was first nabbed by police last year on September 24 at a Biloela petrol station, when he was found with a used syringe and needle in his coat pocket, which he told police he used for injecting methamphetamine six hours earlier.
Police crossed paths with the man again on October21 at Argoon, when they searched the house he was living in, uncovering a cocktail of drugs and drug-related utensils.
He willingly led police to 24.2g of cannabis stored in his bedside table, eight clip-seal bags each containing 0.1g of methamphetamine, 0.7g of cannabis in a bowl and 0.1g of methamphetamine in his shorts.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll told the man punishment for the offences served as a deterrent to him and the community.
"I can only hope these orders will assist with your future rehabilitation and you understand the support you do have as a young man," he said.
The man received $2300 on recognizance for 12months drug diversion, with no convictions recorded.
The man was later nabbed at Dumpy Creek on October 30 after a motorist alerted police to a driver asleep behind the wheel of a car with the engine running at roadwork lights on the Leichhardt Hwy.
The court heard he earlier failed to negotiate a bend in the road and hit a tree before continuing driving.
Defence lawyer Rick Parks told magistrate Penelope Hay the man self-medicated for anxiety, making him drowsy.
He received $500 on recognisance for 12 months.