Truckie ordered off road after motorist sounds alarm
A TRUCKIE'S erratic driving brought him undone, with a subsequent police check uncovering a raft of drug and compliance offences.
Reece Andrew Saxelby, 29, from Lowood, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis on March 11, 2019; three counts of obstructing police; not recording required information under the National regulations; power to require production of a document required to be in driver's possession; three counts of drug possession; not having authority to possess explosives (ammunition); two counts of being in possession of drug utensils; breach of bail; and two counts of failing to appear at court.
Prosecutor Sergeant Rose Molinaro said the two heavy vehicle offences carried maximum fines of $6000 and $1500.
She said Saxelby had no criminal history.
Sgt Molinaro said a member of the public made a complaint at 4pm about the erratic driving of a white truck, with the caller claiming he had been forced off the road.
Police spotted the truck 45 minutes later at a fuel station.
The driver was found with liquid methylamphetamine, drug utensils and ammunition, with the court hearing Saxelby also failed to provide a breath specimen.
Sgt Molinaro said Saxelby was non-compliant with the heavy vehicle act by not completing the log books.
Defence lawyer Nathan Hounsell said Saxelby was working part-time as a truck driver and had lived a large part of his life without coming under police attention.
He said Saxelby began socialising more after a relationship breakdown and an associate introduced him to ice at the start of 2019.
Mr Hounsell said he used recreational amounts and was found with 1.5 grams.
"He made a very bad situation worse by reacting with police the way he did," Mr Hounsell said.
"He did not keep his log books. He was working more than he should and not keeping his log properly as he should.
"He did offer saliva at the police station as he does have a fear of needles. But was told there was no licensed operator at the station to take saliva."
Magistrate Elizabeth Hall imposed a series of fines totalling $1900.
Saxelby was also disqualified from driving for nine months and fined $600 for failing to provide a specimen of breath.
Convictions were not recorded.