Top 7 driving offenders in Kingaroy Court this week
DRUG drivers, drink drivers and unlicensed drivers filled Kingaroy Magistrates Court this week.
Here's eight drivers who appeared in court on Monday.
1. Drug driving, no licence
A MAN will pay $500 in fines after he was caught with drugs and driving on a suspended licence.
Douglas James Dinham pleaded guilty to two charges in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 29.
The 28-year-old man was driving along Doonkuna St at 8pm on June 2 when he pulled over for Kingaroy police.
They found he did not hold a current licence and had four grams of marijuana on him.
Dinham was convicted and fined $300 for possessing dangerous drugs and $200 for driving while his licence was suspended.
His licence was disqualified for one month.
2. No licence
A SINGLE mum of two has lost her licence for six months after being caught driving without a licence.
Kassandra Petrie was driving her Hyundai Sedan on River Rd on June 29 when police checks revealed her licence had been demerit point suspended.
The 24-year-old woman told Magistrate Louisa Pink in Kingaroy Court on Monday she had two children to care for and currently has a high risk pregnancy.
Petrie was convicted and fined $300 and her licence was disqualified for six months.
3. 'Out of character'
A MAN has told the Kingaroy magistrate his drug driving was "out of character for him”.
Christopher Knezevic pleaded guilty to driving while a relevant drug was in his system during Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 29.
The court heard he had been caught by police on Norman St, Kingaroy at 9.45am on May 8.
"My traffic history isn't the best, but my partner and kids have straightened me out,” Knezevic said.
He was convicted and fined $250 and his regular licence has been disqualified for two months.
Magistrate Louisa Pink issued Knezevic with a restricted licence so he could continue working.
4. Drug driving on the highway
"IF YOU can't drive you've got to tell your mates you can't drive.”
This is what Magistrate Louisa Pink told Nathan Lane after he told her he was caught drug driving while running an errand for a friend.
"Cannabis stays in your system for a long time, at least a month or more,” Magistrate Pink said.
The 28-year-old was caught driving while marijuana was still in his system at 12.30pm on June 19 along the Bunya Hway near Benair.
He was convicted and fined $400 for drug driving in Kingaroy Magistrate Court on July 29.
Lane's licence was disqualified for four months.
5. Exceptional circumstances
A DRINK driver's licence has been disqualified for only one month due to "exceptional circumstances”.
Tyler James Street pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit, but not over the middle alcohol limit during Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 29.
The driver had a blood alcohol reading of 0.09 when he was stopped by police on June 29.
Street told the court his partner had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
He was also fined $350 for the offence.
All convictions were recorded.
6. Unaware of suspended licence
A 20-year-old man who told police he did not know his licence was suspended was fined in court.
Luke Warne pleaded guilty in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 29.
The court heard he was driving a car on D'Aguilar Hway in Kingaroy at 11am on June 15.
He was convicted and fined $250 for driving on a suspended licence.
Warne's licence was disqualified for one month.
7. Disqualified licence
A MAN has been fined $150 after he was caught driving in Kingaroy on a disqualified licence on June 30.
Matthew Axleby was driving his Kia sedan along Short St at 1pm.
He pleaded guilty in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on July 29.