Driver disqualified after a cocktail of drugs, alcohol

A 49-YEAR-OLD man who crashed his car while driving disqualified and with marijuana and alcohol in his system has been taken off the road for more than four years.

Police called to a single vehicle crash on the Felton/Clifton Rd at Nobby about 8pm, November 11, last year, found the driver Trevor Samuel Johnston being attended to by ambulance paramedics.

Having sustained significant injuries in the crash, Johnston was taken to hospital, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

However, during police checks of his driving record it was found he had been disqualified from driving for six months by the Warwick Magistrates Court just four months earlier and that he was subject to the interlock provisions but the Nissan Navara he had been driving did not have an interlock attached.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson said Johnston had blown a breath/alcohol reading of 0.105 at the crash scene and subsequent blood samples taken from him at the hospital were analysed and found he had traces of marijuana in his system.

Johnston pleaded guilty to drug driving, drink-driving, disqualified driving and driving a vehicle without an interlock fitted as required under his previous court order.

His solicitor Sarah Gordon told the court her client had sustained multiple injuries in the crash and was now on a disability pension and couldn't work.

Her client's car was written off and he had little ability to pay significant fines.

Magistrate Damian Carroll noted Johnston had last year been convicted of two charges of failing to provide sample of breath for analysis and a mid-range drink-driving offence, all committed on the same day.

Because Johnston couldn't pay fines or do community based orders due to his health, Mr Carroll sentenced him to three months jail but suspended the term for two years.

Johnston was disqualified from driving for a total four years and three months.



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