Man smokes "six cones" before crashing his car
A MAN who told police he smoked six cones the night before he crashed his car on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd on December 7 was fined $1800 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll told Michael James Baker he was lucky to have not been killed or seriously injured when Baker pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of drugs.
Police prosecutor Manon Barwick said police were called to a single-vehicle traffic crash at Ironpot where Baker's Commodore sedan had hit a guard rail and come to rest on an embankment.
Baker told police he took his eyes off the road to search for a cigarette lighter.
Ms Barwick said Baker appeared anxious and had dilated pupils before he was transported to Rockhampton Hospital where he tested positive to cannabis and amphetamine.
"Your history is against you," Mr O'Driscoll told Baker.
"Thank goodness you are able to stand before me and thank goodness you didn't injure another person."
Baker was disqualified from driving for 15 months.