Drugs impaired ability to drive

THE sluggish movements and slurred voice of driver Michael Dillon alerted police, who stopped him outside a motel in Goonellabah, that all was not right despite his negative breath test for alcohol.

Blood and urine tests at the Lismore Base Hospital revealed cannabis, Diazepam (medication for anxiety), methadone and other substances were present in his system.

Dillon, 40, of Lismore, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court this week to driving under the influence of drugs on Ballina Road at 8.30am on February 27.

Police facts stated that when officers helped the unsteady driver from the car he told them ‘just take me to the watch house'.

A police forensic pharmacologistreport stated the amount of drugs found in Dillon's blood would have impaired his ability to drive.

Defence lawyer Tom Trembath produced a medical certificate showing his client had a prescription for Valium, which was also present in his system.

Mr Trembath said that from the cocktail of drugs referred to in police facts his client told him he was prescribed Valium and was also on a methadone program.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said a combination of all the drugs mixed together would have impaired his driving ability.

Ms Denes fined Dillon $500 for the Diazepam and cannabis offence and disqualified him from driving for six months.



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