Twenty cones of marijuana not best medicine for driving

DRUG driver Edgar James Collins told police he had smoked 20 cones of marijuana before getting behind the wheel, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Pulled over by police on Mort St about midnight August 1, the 33-year-old said he'd had his last cone about "five minutes ago", prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bill McKenzie told the court.

Asked by Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck why he had smoked 20 cones that day, Collins replied: "I had to calm down, Your Honour".

As he got out of the car, police saw two containers fall from his seat on to the car's floor, one containing 1.3g of amphetamine and the other 10.8g of marijuana.

When a roadside breath test proved negative for alcohol, police took Collins to Toowoomba Hospital where a sample of his blood was taken for analysis.

The results of the blood test showed Collins at the time of driving had a mixture of amphetamines, methamphetamines and marijuana in his system, the court heard.

Collins pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs.

His solicitor Dan Habermann told the court his client had a long-standing drug problem, but since this incident had been cutting back his drug use significantly.

Mr Schemioneck noted Collins had a "shocking history" of drug use and had been on a suspended jail sentence at the time.

Collins was sentenced to six months jail but will be released on parole on December 24.

He disqualified from driving for six months.



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