UNDER THE INFLUENCE: The truckie was driving two trailer loads of cattle when police pulled him over on the D'Aguilar Highway near Yarraman.
UNDER THE INFLUENCE: The truckie was driving two trailer loads of cattle when police pulled him over on the D'Aguilar Highway near Yarraman. Kirstin Payne

Truckie drives cattle after taking drugs

A TRUCK driver has been fined for driving down the D'Aguilar Highway with drugs in his system.

Gregory Oberle had his licence disqualified for nine months and fined $800 for drug driving in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday, September 3.

The 45-year-old man's Western Star truck was pulled over by police near Yarraman due to speeding 120km/h in a 100km/h zone on May 17 at 11am.

Prosecutor Barry Stevens said police officers reported Oberle showed signs of recent drug use when they asked him about his licence, and admitted to using methamphetamine earlier that day.

The 45-year-old man then produced a positive result, after he was taken to the hospital for a drug test.

Police also found Oberle to be in possession of marijuana, and a pipe used in connection of dangerous drugs on the day.

The court heard the truck driver had been on holidays when he was urgently asked to drive a load of cattle to Dinmore.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said the drug driving was more serious in this case.

"Most importantly you were not only driving a truck, but two trailers fully loaded with cattle on the highway," she said.

Oberle was also fined $400 for the possession of the drug and drug utensils.