Angela Jenkins was given a suspended sentence in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Angela Jenkins was given a suspended sentence in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Mum high on meth in Bruce Hwy ride of terror

A mum high on meth who was driving with her feet hanging out the window and her hands off the steering wheel has little recollection of what she did, a court heard.

Police found methamphetamine and fantasy in Angela Leigh Jenkin's car after her drug fuelled journey finally came to a stop.

Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer on Thursday told Maroochydore Magistrates Court police were receiving calls from members from the public on July 3 regarding Jenkins' dangerous driving on the Bruce Highway.

"It was reported the driver appeared affected and was weaving in and out of traffic, taking her hands off the steering wheel, swerving in and out of lanes, across lanes, indicators on continually," she said.

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The court heard Jenkins then stopped in the right hand lane of the highway.

"She was hitting the roof of her car, hanging her feet out the window, her arms going everywhere and she almost struck a motorcyclist," Senior Constable Brewer said.

The court heard police received more than 10 calls about Jenkins.

Sen-Const Brewer said an unmarked police car saw Jenkins drive by and almost crash into the centre barrier on numerous occasions.

She eventually came to a stop after a siren in the police car was activated.

The court heard police arrested Jenkins and after searching her car found a bottle of liquid which was gamma hydroxybutyrate.

They also found 0.89g of methamphetamine in her handbag.

"Police observed the defendant to have extremely bloodshot eyes," Sen-Const Brewer said.

"The defendant couldn't understand why police had intercepted her, she stated she had done nothing wrong and denied driving in a dangerous manner."

Jenkins was taken to hospital and blood-analysis revealed she had methamphetamine in her system.

"The defendant is seriously fortunate and it's good luck rather than good management that she was not seriously injured or a member of the public was not seriously injured in her manner of driving," Sen-Const Brewer said.

"The number of calls received outline how serious it was."

Jenkins pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to five charges including dangerous operation of a vehicle adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and possessing dangerous drugs.

Self represented, Jenkins told the court she understood the seriousness of what she did.

"I have children and I hope that no one would ever harm my children by being affected," she said.

"There's no excuse for what I did, I was drug affected."

Jenkins said she had little recollection of the incident and had now been clean for a couple of weeks.

"Your history is built on illicit substances," magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said.

The court heard Jenkins was convicted of supplying Schedule 1 drugs in 2018.

Mr Stjernqvist said it was extremely lucky no one was hurt.

He said there was no way would she have had control of the car.

Jenkins was sentenced to one year in jail, wholly suspended for three years.

She was also fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three years.



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