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27/05/2003 LIBRARY: MAY 27, 2003 : A man smokes marijuana recreationally in Toronto, 27/05/03. The federal government moved to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, but promised a tougher line against growers and dealers. / Canada / Crime / Drug / Smoking / Cannabis / Generic / Joint

Twice caught drug driver: ‘I have humiliated myself’

A DRUG driver caught twice in six weeks confessed he had humiliated himself and disgraced his family name.

Conrad Athol Leigh Lidster pleaded guilty on July 28 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to two counts of drug driving and one of possessing a drug utensil.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Shaun Janes said police intercepted Lidster driving a Suzuki Vitara on Farm St, Norman Gardens, on March 5 at 11.10am and tests revealed he had marijuana in his system, to which he made admissions of recent use.

He said on April 2 at 10.40am, police executed a search warrant at a Duthie Ave residence in Frenchville where Lidster declared possessing a water pipe in the garage.

Sgt Janes said police intercepted Lidster again on April 20 at 8.21pm on Moores Creek Rd with tests revealing he had marijuana in his system.

Lidster, who represented himself in court, said: “I have humiliated myself. I have disgraced my family name.”

He added he found it very expensive “being off the road” as his licence was suspended immediately after the second drug drive incident.

Lidster said he was receiving help for his drug use and mental health matters.

Lidster was fined $1150 and disqualified from driving for six months.



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