Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine
Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine

Woman falls asleep, rolls car

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman who rolled her car on the Bruce Highway after falling asleep has been handed a Good Behaviour Order.

Ayeesha Susan Hodges, from Mount Julian, pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court, on Monday, to driving without due care and attention, on November 10, 2019.

The court was told how Hodges, who appeared in custody following a second charge of possessing a knife in public, on Saturday, February 29, had been involved in a single vehicle accident.

"At about 2am on November 10, police attended a single vehicle accident on the Bruce Highway, at Farleigh, and observed the Mitsubishi to have significant damage to the front bonnet," Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Jay Merchant said.

"During the collision, the vehicle has mowed down the 'keep left' sign. They questioned the female driver, who told police she believed she fell asleep and was woken by the car rolling.

"The roadside test returned a negative result but she was slow and drowsy and there was drug paraphernalia in the car and a clip seal bag containing some capsules, so she was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

"She admitted to using drugs, including cannabis, and said she'd had three to four hours sleep on the side of the road before the crash - the crash occurred about half-an-hour afterwards.

"With regards to the knife, police arrested the defendant, on February 29, in relation to other matters and, during a pat down search, she produced a black knife hooked to her pants - she said she carried it for safety."

Hodges, who was self-represented, told the court she was trying to get her life back on track.

"But it's been hard," Hodges, who has lived in the area for 16 years and does housekeeping for Magnums Resort, said.

"I'm waiting for the finalisation of mine and my ex-partner's house, in Conway, to go through. I wasn't conscious when the car rolled. It was trenadrol in the car, for my lower back following a work accident."

Magistrate James Morton said Hodges appeared to have had 'a hard run with drugs' with a supply charge, in 2014, and a possession charge, in 2015.

"I'm going to give you another opportunity because of your age," he said.

"I'm going to exercise my discretion to not take your licence off you but don't sit around saying 'poor me' and stop hanging around with dropkicks."

Magistrate Morton handed Hodges a 12-month Good Behaviour Order with a $500 recognisance.



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