Teen escapes ‘crushing’ fines for drug driving
DESPITE being nabbed driving under the influence of drugs twice, including after wrapping her car around a power pole, a teenager escaped hefty fines and jail time in the Proserpine Magistrates Court yesterday.
Lisa Renae Wayne was handed a 12-month probation order and disqualified from driving for 18 months after she was charged with a string of offences.
Wayne, 19, was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, not having proper control of a vehicle, failing to provide a specimen, possessing dangerous drugs and property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.
The court heard how, on January 16, Wayne had picked her sister up in Caboolture and they got lost at Morayfield and started arguing.
"The defendant became hostile and it seemed as if she had taken drugs. She was flipping out and stopped the car and her sister refused to get out so she hit her with the car keys," police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith told the court. "She drove the car into a service station and the police arrived and she appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Her eyes were unable to focus and she was unable to stand still or make any sense. She refused to provide a specimen and was arrested and a blood sample was taken. Police also found a pipe in the car boot, in a make-up bag."
On January 27, police were called to a single vehicle crash in Bloomsbury where the car was "wrapped around a power pole".
"The defendant said she had swerved to avoid a kangaroo but she was very erratic, with jerky movements and was sweating profusely. A search of the car resulted in police finding some cannabis, some scales and some empty clip seal bags," the prosecutor told the court.
Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said Wayne, who recently moved to Bowen from Airlie Beach, had started experimenting with drugs at 14 and was a regular user by age 15.
"When she had the accident at Bloomsbury, she was going to see her mother," Ms Rewald told the court.
"She swerved to avoid a kangaroo but over corrected. After that her memory is quite sketchy."
Magistrate Simon Young said the fines for Wayne's charges would be so large they would be "crushing", instead deeming the probation order was appropriate.