Drug driver jailed after blowing too many chances

FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
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TROY Andrew Rowney found out the hard way what happens if you drive unlicensed with methamphetamine in your system while serving a suspended jail sentence for the same offences.

The 34-year-old is now behind bars for two months after pleading guilty to drug driving and driving without a licence while disqualified by a court order.

While the jail term was the toughest sentence handed down to a drug driver in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Thursday, Rowney was just one of 25 motorists listed to appear on a drug driving charge.

Shockingly - of those 25 - four were charged with two counts of driving with a relevant drug in their blood or saliva.

Magistrate Aaron Simpson said Rowney had not appeared to have taken the court's previous orders seriously and a jail term should serve as a message to him and other drivers.

When Rowney was asked why he got behind the wheel and drove along Barolin St on December 24 last year, Rowney said he was just going up the road and really didn't have an excuse.

Rowney said he'd had an ongoing battle with methamphetamine addiction but had been enrolled to start a drug support program on Monday.

Rowney was sentenced to four months jail with a parole release date of April 25 this year. He will also be disqualified from holding a drivers licence for two years and nine months.

Among the other drug drivers to plead guilty yesterday was 43-year-old Bradley Paul Mitchell and 21-year-old Jacob Kyle Sankowsky.

Mitchell returned two positive road-side drug tests for both methamphetamine and marijuana in two days after he was stopped on Park Dr and Moore Park Rd on November 18 and 19 last year.

He was fined $500 and $400 respectively and disqualified for a total period of five months.

Meanwhile Sankowsky returned two positive tests for marijuana in three months after being stopped by police on Moore Park Rd on October 22 last year and January 21 this year.

On both occasions he was on a provisional licence. He was disqualified from driving for a total of seven months.

In delivering the sentences on Thursday, Mr Simpson reminded those on drug driving charges that drugs can be detected in a person's system for a number of months after the drug is taken.

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