Truckie drove on speed, ecstasy

A TRUCKIE caught driving while high on drugs has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 18 months.

Anthony John West was pulled over on the Bruce Highway 15km south of Tiaro on December 16.

Police were conducting roadside drug tests and 36-year-old West provided a mouth swab.

The results showed he was affected by the drugs commonly known as speed and ecstasy.

A small plastic container holding white crystals, which tests showed was methylamphetamines, was found in West’s prime mover.

He also had an illegal speed radar detection device in his truck.

West lives at Forest Lake in Brisbane but appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court this week to plead guilty to three charges.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said it was a concern that West was high on drugs and attempting to avoid detection from speed radars.

“There’s only one reason why someone would have a radar detection device and that’s to avoid speed traps,” Sgt Quirk said.

West’s poor traffic history was brought before the court.

He was meant to be on a 12-month good driving behaviour order at the time of the offences.

Magistrate John Smith said West was a risk to the public while using drugs.

“You’re a danger to other road users, especially considering you intended speeding as well,” Mr Smith said.

“You’re really lucky today you are not going to prison.”

West was fined $3500 and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

A report last year found that a fifth of drivers who tested positive for illicit drugs at roadside tests in Queensland were truckies high on amphetamines.

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