Licence goes up in smoke

GYMPIE man Sash Alan Adkins, 21, made his first mistake by driving; the second was doing it after he smoked cannabis; and the third was growing a plant to support his habit.

Adkins was charged with unlicensed driving and taken to the police station on September 9 for a blood test after police intercepted his car on Elgin Street and noticed his bloodshot eyes and a strong smell of cannabis.

When the analysis certificate returned positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC — a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant). Police went to Adkins’ home at Elgin Street on November 8 to serve him a notice.

Adkins was not home to answer the front door so police officers walked around to the backyard where they stumbled upon a 10cm cannabis plant in a pot.

When he was later located and given a notice to appear in court, Adkins had three charges against him of driving under the influence of drugs, driving unlicensed, and the production of a dangerous drug.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard Adkins had a reading .027mg of THC in his blood sample.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said it was Adkins’ decision whether he “do drugs” and if he chose to he should “stay well away from the road”.

Adkins was disqualified from holding a licence for six months and fined $900 which was converted into 45 hours of community service.

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