Slushie servo trip takes sour turn during sugar low
A MAN claims desperate circumstances led to him being caught behind the wheel with drugs in his system.
On Monday, police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi told Kingaroy Magistrates Court that Travis Blake was picked up driving a Holden sedan along First Ave in Kingaroy at 4pm on June 29.
The 38-year-old man was charged with driving while a relevant drug was present in his system.
Blake was represented by Chris Campbell, who told the court his client was driving was because his mother was having a sugar low as she suffered from diabetes.
"He indicated to me that he drove to Rykes (Ryke Fuel) to buy a slushie for his mother who was having a diabetes attack," Mr Campbell said.
"There were no sweets or the like in the household and he could of utilised a cab.
"His instructions to me were sometimes when he's done that in the past the cabs have been late."
Blake is a full-time carer for his elderly mother and also suffers from diabetes himself.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said she had taken into account the facts and circumstances of the case, but suggested Blake should have known better.
"This is your second conviction for drug-related offending," Ms Pink said.
"If you are before the court again for a similar offence where you will have two previous drug-related offences, you will have your licence disqualified for a minimum period of six months."
Blake interrupted Ms Pink while she was handing down his sentence to say, "I wouldn't of done it unless my mum wasn't having a low".
However, the magistrate said that did not excuse his behaviour.
"Well you need to have other arrangements in place," Ms Pink said.
"It sounds like you are both diabetics.
"You have to make sure that you manage things appropriately or don't use cannabis so that you can drive."
Ms Pink convicted Blake and gave him a $500 fine.
He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for three months.