Big rig driver caught drug driving

A SEMI-TRAILER driver with amphetamines in his system appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court charged with drug driving.

Darryl James Livermore who is currently serving 18 months in jail for other drug-related charges pleaded guilty to possessing property suspected of having been used in a crime, receiving tainted property and drug driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court police intercepted the semi-trailer at 3pm on November 4 last year on the Bruce Highway at Iveragh.

Livermore provided a saliva sample for police which was positive. Further analysis of the sample showed he had methamphetamines in his system.

Police then searched his truck and found a keycard with a woman’s name on it.

Livermore told police the card had been given to him by one of the people he had sold drugs to.

Police also found a plastic container which contained clipseal bags, rubber bands and scales. Livermore admitted to police that he used the paraphernalia to cut down the amphetamines to bag and sell.

Defence solicitor Rio Ramos said her client’s other drug charges had already been dealt with in the Rockhampton Supreme Court and he had been sentenced to 18 months’ jail with a parole release date of December 10.

“I ask that no further penalties be imposed as he is already serving jail time and this is his first offence for drug driving,” Ms Ramos said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said he would be imposing further penalties.

“This man was driving a huge semi-trailer with drugs in his system. He posed a significant risk not only to himself but to other road users as well,” Mr Carroll said.

Convictions were recorded for all three charges. Livermore was fined $300 or four days jail for receiving tainted property and $400 or six days jail for the drug driving. He was disqualified from driving for three months.

For the drug paraphernalia Livermore was jailed for one month to be served concurrent with his other jail sentence.

The parole release date for all offences remained at December 10, 2010.

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