B-double driver on drugs terrorised family, court told

By HELEN JACK helen.jack@northernstar.com.au A B-DOUBLE truck driver faces 18 months' jail after terrorising a family of four late at night on the Pacific Highway on Wednesday.

In refusing the man bail in Lismore Local Court on Friday, Magistrate Nick Reimer said there was a strong likelihood the defendant would serve a custodial sentence.

Christopher John Ford, 27, of Narngulu in Western Australia, left Sydney at 11.30am in his Kenworth B-double truck bound for Brisbane.

He reached Coffs Harbour at 10.30pm where he interrupted his journey to shoot up amphetamines to help him stay awake.

Just north of Coffs Harbour a family of four travelling in a Land-Rover and towing a trailer began overtaking Ford's truck along a section of dual carriageway. But Ford steered his truck across their path in an attempt to stop them overtaking him.

To avoid a collision the driver of the Land-Rover accelerated past the truck before the dual lanes merged.

From then on Ford tailgated the Land-Rover and any other vehicle caught between them.

The family called 000 to report Ford's actions and finally stopped at Woodburn police station, followed by Ford.

Noticing Ford's glassy eyes, slurred speech and track marks along his arms, police held him for questioning.

After admitting to injecting and possessing amphetamines police searched the cab of Ford's truck where they found nine small plastic bags containing amphetamines and seven syringes in a toiletries bag.

Ford pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle in a manner menacing, driving while under the influence of a prohibited drug, possession and self-administering a prohibited drug and failure to record particulars before driving.

He will be sentenced today in Lismore Local Court.

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