Mum denies drug driving kids

A 36-YEAR-OLD Dyraaba woman has pleaded not guilty in Lismore Local Court to driving under the influence of methadone and diazepam with her kids in the car.

Jodie Anne Boyle appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern last week for mention after allegedly committing the crime on April 10, 2013.

Ms Boyle's green Mitsubishi Magna was pulled over by officers at McDonald's Bridge Rd, Fairy Hill, after she picked up her children from school about 3.15pm.

A police statement tendered to the court alleged Ms Boyle was swerving over the road before she was pulled over and failed a sobriety test and, later, blood and urine tests at hospital.

An officer described the scene when he pulled Ms Boyle over, saying: "The accused appeared unsteady on her feet as she walked towards us and she swayed as she stood still, placing her hands in her pockets."

A medical report showed a cocktail of eight drugs were found in her system - methadone, diazepam, codeine, nordiazepam, oxeazepam, temazepam, ibuprofen and sertraline.

The police statement said officers had recorded both in-car and uniform camera footage of the alleged crime.

Ms Boyle is facing other charges not heard in court, but relisted, including driving with a suspended licence and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, with no pleas entered.

The case was adjourned to August 18 for a hearing, pending an expert report.



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