Ben Patrick Berghahn.
Ben Patrick Berghahn.

Bowen man battling meth addiction jailed for dual drug-drive

A young Bowen man with a meth addiction has been told he is a "prime example" of how drugs ruin young people's lives as he was sent to jail until the end of the month.

Ben Patrick Berghahn faced Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday after being caught drug-driving twice in two days and while his licence was suspended.

Magistrate James Morton told Berghahn had displayed "constant drug offending" and he needed to be sent a message.

"You are a prime example of how drugs ruin young people and you have not appreciated your downfall as much as you should," Mr Morton said.

Berghahn wound up before the court after he was caught driving with meth and marijuana in his system on November 13.

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The court heard his licence was suspended for 24 hours but the next day police caught him driving and he was found to have methylamphetamine in his system.

Fast forward a couple of months and Berghahn was due to appear in court in February.

Lawyer Cleo Rewald said Berghahn showed up to court but panicked and left.

Police officers arrested him on a warrant and found a water pipe.

Berghahn faced the magistrate from the dock on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to multiple charges including drug-driving, driving with a suspended licence and possessing a pipe.

The court heard Berghahn was also on a suspended jail sentence.

Ben Patrick Berghahn.
Ben Patrick Berghahn.

Ms Rewald said Berghahn had been living in Bowen and from a young age he was diagnosed with ADHD, which led to him being on and off medication.

The 22-year-old man started experimenting with marijuana when he was 12 and tried meth a few weeks before his 18th birthday.

"In his words, he was immediately hooked, immediately addicted," Ms Rewald said.

"He is a decent lad and he has got tied up in this."

Ms Rewald said Berghahn had his parents' support and he had completed rehab, but he was trying to get back into a rehabilitation program.

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Magistrate James Morton acknowledged Berghahn had a meth addiction, saying he was a "basket case" and sending a young person was not desirable.

"You need to get some real assistance," Mr Morton said.

Mr Morton activated Berghahn's suspended jail sentence and tacked on more jail time, leaving him with a total jail sentence of seven months.

He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months and fined $600.

He will be released on parole on March 29 this year.


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