Man faces trial on bad driving

A BUCCA man who sparked Triple-0 telephone calls to police about his driving pleaded not guilty to a dangerous driving charge in court yesterday.

Alan Roy Cumner, 49, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while affected by a drug.

The court was told that on October 2 last year witnesses saw a man drive a vehicle from Bargara Road and onto Quay Street, where police pulled him over.

Plainclothes Senior Constable Matthew Steindardt told the court Cumner told him he had trouble keeping the car on the road, had run into gutters, and said he was on medication.

“He told me he was on a number of medications but I don’t remember the names,” Snr Const Steindardt said.

“I remember him saying something about not knowing what was going on, but I didn’t remember anything he said about (feeling like he was going to have) a heart attack.”

The police officer said Cumner was taken to the police station because “there were inconsistencies” with his breath test.

The court was told there were four substances found in his subsequent blood test, including cocaine.

Brisbane doctor Adam Griffen, who gave evidence over the telephone at the committal hearing, said that if someone was used to the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication that Cumner was on at the time of the alleged offence, it should not affect their abilities.

But he also said that initiating therapy with the medication, or changing the levels of the medication, could cause sedation.

“The effect of sedation is not universal,” Dr Griffen said.

Magistrate John Smith committed the matter to trial in Bundaberg District Court.

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