Mum busted driving illegally, with meth-loaded needle in bag
A GYMPIE woman caught driving on a suspended licence and with a meth-loaded needle in her handbag said she had "mixed with the wrong crowd" after losing custody of her children.
On January 9, police pulled over Aleesha Skye Riches, 31, while she was driving in Gympie, and after talking with her became suspicious and searched the car.
Police found a hypodermic needle loaded with liquid meth, a clip seal bag containing meth, and scoop straw, and another needle containing an unknown red substance in Riches' handbag.
The police also discovered Riches was driving illegally, as her licence had been suspended by SPER at the time.
Riches was issued a notice to appear and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle used to administer a dangerous drug, a straw scoop used in connection with smoking a dangerous drug, and driving while on a suspended licence.
In February, Riches was charged with failing to appear on that notice, and she was arrested after police caught her driving illegally again on May 26.
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Police pulled her over in Tamaree for driving without a licence, which she had not renewed after her SPER suspension ended, the court heard.
The car Riches was driving was also unregistered and uninsured and she was charged with the three driving offences and granted bail, on the condition that she report every Wednesday from June 3.
On June 10, Riches failed to report and handed herself in two days later, and said her father was sick in hospital and she forgot to report or ring the station.
Riches pleaded guilty to all charges in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
Her lawyer told the court her client's father had passed away while in hospital, and after that offence she had not breached the bail conditions again.
The court heard Riches had previously been in a "violent marriage" and had five children.
Since then, Riches had "mixed with the wrong crowd" and starting using drugs, her lawyer told the court.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan fined Riches $1000 - $800 on all charges except driving uninsured, for which she was charged $200.
She was also suspended from driving for one month each on the driving unlicenced and driving unregistered charges.