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LISTEN: Dad busted twice drug driving with kids

A SHAMEFACED dad was sternly rebuked by a Gladstone magistrate that he may end up killing his four kids after being caught twice driving while using drugs.

To make the potentially deadly matters worse Dylan Mace Dennison had never held a licence.

The errant driver, who also goes by the name Dylan Cutmore, was arrested on the Bruce Highway south of Gladstone just months after he was charged in Mackay for drug driving, again with his kids and wife in his overloaded car, some of the toddlers not restrained properly.

Dennison, 32, appeared in the dock before magistrate Penelope Hay and pleaded guilty to driving when never licensed at Iveragh on January 23; driving with cannabis in his system; exceeding the carrying capacity of his motor vehicle (had six people in his car); drug possession; and possession of drug utensils.

Court reporter Ross Irby explains the case of a dad who has been caught twice drug driving unlicensed with his wife and kids in the car.

He also pleaded guilty to drug driving (cannabis) in Mackay on September 16 last year.

Ms Hay criticised him for twice being caught driving when under the influence of drugs with his children in the car.

She said any child unrestrained in an accident would likely go through the windscreen and not survive.

"The point is this. Not only have you not had appropriate training to drive you were under the influence of drugs, your reflexes are slower," she said.

"If you love your children at all then you would not be putting them in that position, risking their lives."

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Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police in September stopped Dennison's Holden Commodore at Andergrove and noticed it had false plates and four children in the rear seat.

Dennison was detained by police after a saliva drug test proved positive to cannabis.

"He says he smoked two or three cones of cannabis just before driving and was going to get food because he was hungry," Mr Reece said.

"When police stopped his car on the Bruce Highway on January 23 he was nervous, his hands shaking.

"A brown plastic bottle, a bong was found which he said he had used to smoke cannabis. He admitted smoking a joint that morning."

Mr Reece said Dennison had never held a driving licence and was heading back to Mackay from Brisbane with his wife and four children.

"There were six occupants and he knew the maximum capacity was five," he said.

"He knew the younger children needed to be in child restraints."

During a search of the Commodore police found a small quantity of green leafy material which was cannabis mixed with tobacco.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Dennison went to Brisbane for his mother's 60th birthday but the family could have taken public transport which would have been safer.

"Particularly given he was unlicensed," Ms Hay said.

"It might seem insignificant to you but the reality is you are putting the lives of your children at risk.

"You have never held a license and have no right to get into a car with four children and drive.

"It will only be a matter of time before you could kill someone or them. Is that something you would want."

"No," replied Dennison.

"If someone killed your children would you find that acceptable," Ms Hay asked.

"No," he said.

Ms Hay sentenced Dennison to four months jail which was immediately suspended. He was placed on a 12 month supervised Probation Order and must complete a drug and drink driving rehabilitation program.

Topics:  drug, drug driver, gladsone, gladstone, gladstone magistrate court



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