Doped truckie thought it was 'herbal' remedy
A WOODBURN truckie busted driving on the Pacific Highway with the illicit drug methylamphetamine in his system told police he thought it was a 'herbal' remedy he got from a mate at a truck stop.
Dimitrios 'Jim' Reynish, 34, pleaded guilty in Casino Local Court to driving his semi-trailer loaded with chilled meat on September 22, 2008, after taking the drug.
Police doing random testing of drivers near Halfway Creek stopped his semi and an oral fluid test proved positive to methylamphetamine.
Reynish was arrested and a second test done before being taken to the on-site mobile drug truck. The test proved positive to ecstasy.
Reynish told police he stopped at Grafton for a break and while talking for three hours to 'a mate' was given two tablets he thought were a herbal-type of stimulant.
Although he knew the man had a history of using speed he decided to take the tablets anyway.
Reynish refused to name the man, saying his personal safety may be in danger if he divulged that information.
Defence lawyer Peter Walsh said it was a one-off offence with no previous indication of any drug misbehaviour.
He said Reynish had not believed the tablets to be an illicit drug after meeting the other driver at the truck stop.
Magistrate Sharon Crews fined Reynish $300, and disqualified him from driving for three months.
Ms Crews said everyone knew the pressures on truck drivers to take substances to keep driving, but the community wanted people like Reynish who drove long distances to drive responsibly.
“The offence requires a period of disqualification to send a message to truck drivers that it is not good to take this substance to get from point A to point B,” she said.