NAMED AND SHAMED: Roma’s drug/drink drivers
The Western Star and Queensland Police Service are joining forces to tackle the scourge of drink/drug driving.
We have devised a list of the drink/drug drivers that pleaded guilty in the Roma Magistrates Court this sitting, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
This monthly list of shame will act as a deterrent, if you don't want everyone to know you have put the lives of other motorists at severe risk through irresponsible behaviour, then simply don't drink or drug drive.
Pierce Francis Simmons
A TEENAGER who failed to give way to police was caught drink driving.
Simmons, 18 fronted Roma Magistrates Court, facing a charge of driving over the general limit but not the middle alcohol limit while the holder of a provisional licence.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on February 2 at 12.30am, police spotted a vehicle with no headlights on who failed to give way to them when exiting a carpark on Hawthorne St.
They intercepted Francis who admitted to drinking two and a half schooners of Great Northern earlier that night.
After being breathalysed, he returned a reading of 0.090.
Simmons pleaded guilty to the charge.
"Being on a provisional licence, you need to be at zero. You were a long way off zero," Magistrate Saggers said.
Magistrate Saggers fined Simmons $750 and disqualified him from driving for four months. No conviction was recorded.
Douglas Robert Warren
A SELF medicating drug user will now face being without a licence for nine months after he was caught by a random drug test.
Warren fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing a charge of drug driving while the holder of a provisional licence.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court police intercepted Warren on Quinton St for the purposes of a random breath and drug test.
He returned a positive result.
The court heard Warren had been using alcohol and marijuana to self medicate but has since seeked medical treatment.
Magistrate Saggers fined Warren $450 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.
Emma Lea Reid
A PAINFUL break-up caused a Roma woman to make a bad decision in the heat of the moment.
Reid, 20 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing one charge of drug driving while the holder of a provisional licence and possession of a knife in a public place.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on November 5 at 6.30pm, police were doing random breath tests on Bowen St when they intercepted Reid.
They asked if she had consumed any illicit drugs within the last two weeks, which she responded that she hadn't.
The drug test returned a positive result.
A search of her vehicle also revealed a knife under the driver's seat, which Reid stated she used for pigging.
Reid's lawyer told the court Reid had recently broken up with her partner and had moved out of his house and was living out of her car and hadn't realised it was an offence.
The lawyer said that Reid had been hanging out with people doing illicit drugs and her in emotional state, when offered she said yes.
The court heard she was intercepted by police the day after, but now has cut all ties with those people.
"If you've broken up with your boyfriend and you're not getting on top of things, get some assistance," Magistrate Saggers said.
"But that assistance doesn't involve using meth because we all know what way that goes."
Reid pleaded guilty to both charges.
Magistrate Saggers fined her $250 for the knife and $350 for the drug driving, and disqualified her for three months. Convictions weren't recorded.
Russell John Fraser
THE supervisor of a Learner driver may not be teaching anyone to drive for awhile after he was caught high on drugs in the passenger seat.
Russell John Fraser, 33 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing one charge of drug driving while in charge of a motor vehicle.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on October 27 at 2.22pm, police intercepted Fraser and the female learner driver for the purposes of a random breath and drug test.
Fraser returned a positive result for a relevant drug in his system.
The court heard Fraser had two drug driving offences on his history, one from 2014 and one from 2017.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
"You simply cant drive in that state," Magistrate Saggers said.
"You're starting to rack up a few of these now."
Magistrate Saggers fined Fraser $750 and disqualified him from driving for five months.
A conviction was recorded.
Mervyn James Milson
A REPEAT drink driver with a "terrible history" will now be off the roads again for a year.
Mervyn James Milson, 48 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing six charges including drink driving and driving while uninsured and unregistered.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that on December 29 at 11.20pm, Milson was intercepted on Bowen St for the purposes of a random breath test.
Milson admitted to consuming one or two cans of VB an hour earlier. He was breathalysed and returned a reading of 0.033, when as a provisional licence holder he needed to be at 0.
His car was also found to be uninsured and unregistered, which he had stated he had borrowed the vehicle to drive to a funeral in Cunnamulla.
The court heard on January 9 at 9.25pm, Cunnamulla police observed a car with no licence plates and intercepted Milson.
He admitted to police that he had consumed several beers and vodka cruisers, returning a reading of 0.077.
"You have a terrible history. If you are going to get back on the road, you need to stick to the rules," Magistrate Saggers said.
Milson was fined $500 for the first drink driving charge and disqualified him from driving for five months.
For the second charge, he was fined $750 and disqualified for seven months. Convictions were recorded.
Michael Jeffrey Miller
A BIG night at a local establishment resulted in a man being caught at over double the limit.
Miller, 55 fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Wednesday, facing a drink driving charge.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on January 19 at 7am, police were doing random breath tests on Warrego Hwy when they intercepted Miller.
After being questioned by police about his recent alcohol consumption, he stated that he had had a big night at the Yuleba Hotel, but could not recall how much he had consumed.
After being breathalysed, he returned a reading of 0.106.
The court heard Jeffrey had a like offence from 2010, but had no other history in close to a decade.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Saggers fined him $650 and disqualified him from driving for five months.