Drug driving woman busted in fast food drive-thru

POLICE found a woman slurring her words, itching and moving her mouth like she was chewing when they were called to a McDonald's Restaurant.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Francis told the Roma Magistrate's Court officers found Dulcie Joyce Cordrey in a damaged car in a Rockhampton McDonald's drive-through lane.

He said the Mitchell woman told police she had injected meth and smoked cannabis about 24 to 48 hours before driving.

Amphetamine, methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol were found in her system.

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The car had a smashed bonnet and windscreen, no driver's side mirror, a leaking radiator and inoperable headlights.

Sgt Francis said Cordrey told police the car damage had happened when she collided with a cow near Toowoomba.

The woman's lawyer told the court Cordrey, a 56-year-old disability pensioner, had recently received a payout of $11,000 and decided to visit Rockhampton as she'd never been before.

She was also grieving the death of her son and was receiving counselling.

Cordrey pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle while not in a safe condition and driving under the influence of drugs.

Roma Magistrate Peter Hasted said the court was of the view that assistance was needed to ensure the woman's behaviour did not occur again.

He ordered Cordrey complete a 12-month probation and parole sentence.

She is also required to undergo treatment, submit for urine analysis and get drug abuse help. Cordrey was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $250 for the unsafe vehicle.


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