Motorist caught driving on drugs

A MAN who drove with two illegal drugs in his system and five children in the car, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday on three charges.

Stephen Patrick Hefferen pleaded guilty to driving without a licence demerit points suspension, driving under a 24-hour suspension and drug driving. Innisfail Police intercepted Hefferen at 3pm on March 28 on the Bruce Highway.

Hefferen tested positive to speed and marijuana in his system. Police told him he couldn’t drive for 24 hours and to call a taxi to take his family home. However, Hefferen drove away leaving his partner and children on the roadside and returned a short time later to pick them up and drive home. Police found him back at his residence.

Hefferen has a lengthy traffic and criminal history and has a substance abuse problem that he told police was getting worse.

In his own defence he told the court he is clean now and is a disability pensioner.

Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Hefferen on 80 hours’ community service to be completed within 12 months and disqualified him from driving for four months for the drug driving. For the disqualified driving he was disqualified for a further six months, making it 10 months in total.

For disobeying the 24-hour driving ban, he was disqualified for a further six months.

“I view with great seriousness the fact you were driving with two drugs in your system and five children in the car,” Mr Carroll said.



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