Drug driver tells court he's relieved he didn’t harm anyone

A REMORSEFUL drug-driver has told Toowoomba Magistrates Court not only was he relieved he hadn't harmed anyone but grateful he had been caught.

Police had found Darrell Peter Krause slumped over the steering wheel of his car which had mounted a Hume St gutter and come to rest on the footpath on the evening of June 19, last year, the court heard.

A short time earlier, police had received calls from other motorists that a driver appearing to be asleep at the wheel had veered across two lanes of traffic before mounting the gutter, police prosecutor Tim Hutton said.

Police officers had trouble waking the 52-year-old who appeared disorientated and unsteady on his feet when helped out of the car, Sergeant Hutton said.

Taken to Toowoomba Hospital, a sample of blood was taken from the Withcott resident which was later analysed showing he had methylamphetamine and a range of prescription drugs in his system.

The self-represented Krause pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of a drug.

He said he was "really grateful no-one was hurt" and grateful he had been caught because it had nipped his drug use in the bud.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Krause had previous drink-driving offences but nothing since 1996.

Mr Schemioneck fined him $600 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for the mandatory minimum period of six months.



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