Four men faced court after being caught drug driving. Photo: File
Four men faced court after being caught drug driving. Photo: File

NAME AND SHAME: Drug drivers sentenced in Bowen court

Luke Owen Wood

A man who was caught drug driving three times in a little more than a month fronted Bowen Magistrates Court to be sentenced.

Luke Owen Wood, 30, had methylamphetamine and marijuana in his system all three times.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told the court Wood was first caught on the Bruce Highway at Glenella on October 11.

He was then caught on Shute Harbour Rd at Jubilee Pocket on November 3 and finally on Riordanvale Rd at Cannon Valley on November 22.

Wood on Tuesday pleaded guilty to three counts of drug driving on a probationary licence.

Lawyer Cleo Rewald, for Wood, told the court he was an out-of-work chef but was actively looking for jobs.

 

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"He has tried to assist a brother of his who is currently in custody for drug-related offending and he has gone down the shute somewhat in that respect," Ms Rewald said.

"His instructions are that he is a pretty regular cannabis user and the methylamphetamine is something he has done socially in the past."

Ms Rewald noted Wood had previously fronted court for drink driving, but the new drug driving charges could still be dealt with through fines.

Magistrate James Morton told Wood it would be a good idea to stay away from the meth pipe and bong.

Wood was fined a total of $1300 and disqualified from driving for 11 months.

Convictions were recorded.

Four drivers faced the Bowen court for drug driving. Photo: File
Four drivers faced the Bowen court for drug driving. Photo: File

Zachary James Genrich

A bit of marijuana at a Christmas party came back to haunt Zachary James Genrich when he was found to have the drug in his saliva while driving.

Police pulled over Genrich, who holds a provisional licence, on Mount Nutt Rd in December.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday Genrich did a saliva test at the police station and it returned a positive result.

It was then confirmed the drug in his system was marijuana.

Genrich pleaded guilty to one count of drug driving on a provisional licence.

Genrich, 21, told the court he had just started a new job as a trainee operator and his boss was going to keep him employed.

 

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The Bowen man said he had a bit of marijuana that was being passed around at a Christmas party and thought he'd be fine.

Magistrate James Morton told Genrich drugs could stay in the system for a while.

"Drug users, they take a drug and they think in a day or two it will be out of their system," Mr Morton said.

"I have had marijuana users (in court) who had it weeks before and it is still in their system."

Genrich was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months. A conviction was recorded.

All the drivers were found to have marijuana in their system. Photo: File
All the drivers were found to have marijuana in their system. Photo: File

Shayne Paul Crowhurst

Police pulled over a Bowen man on Williams St and he wound up with a court date.

Shayne Paul Crowhurst, 18, was driving with a provisional licence and found to have marijuana in his system in December.

He pleaded guilty at Bowen Magistrates Court to one count of drug driving on a provisional licence.

Crowhurst was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.

A conviction was recorded.

Devin Van Rensburg

A Mackay man was caught driving with marijuana in his system on the Bruce Highway at Bowen.

Police pulled over Devin Van Rensburg in December and when he tested positive for a drug, he admitted to police he had a cone that afternoon containing marijuana.

Van Rensburg, 18, told Bowen Magistrates Court he had not made "the smartest decision".

He pleaded guilty to drug driving on a provisional licence and was fined $500.

He was also disqualified from driving for three months with a conviction recorded.


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