Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

P-Plater Busted with Drugs; Name and Shame: Drink, Drug Drivers Appear in Court for Mistakes Behind the Wheel

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

P-Plater Busted with Drugs; Name and Shame: Drink, Drug Drivers Appear in Court for Mistakes Behind the Wheel

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Byline: Janessa Ekert janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.au

TWICE in six months P-plater Misha Richard Furini was busted driving with drugs in his system.

The second time he was stopped by police Furini tried to drive off but stalled the car.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard the former self confessed "rev head" used marijuana for back pain and did not shy away from getting behind the wheel.

Magistrate Mark Nolan said for someone so young Furini had a "dreadful" traffic history fining him $800 and stripping his licence for six months.

"It is just extraordinary," Mr Nolan said.

"The fact that you're here before the court today with not one but two counts of driving with a relevant drug present ... it's appalling.

"Having used it not once but twice you ... get behind the wheel of a car. That places your own self in jeopardy ... it places every other road user's health and wellbeing in jeopardy because you could injure or kill someone else."

The 22 year old pleaded guilty to drug driving as a P-plater at Holts Rd on October 11 last year and George St on April 2 this year, as well as contravening a police direction.

Prosecutor Chelsea Pearson said the first drug-driving breached a good behaviour bond.

Defence solicitor Molly Elliot said her client had smoked marijuana since he was a teen.

"Recently he admits use for the purposes of self medicating for back pain," she said.

As for his length traffic history, Ms Elliot said he was "somewhat of a rev head" as a younger man.

"He's well aware that he's going to be disqualified for a period of time ... he intends to make better decision moving forward," Ms Elliot said.

Anthony Leslie Watts was nearly three times the limit when police found him in charge of a motor vehicle on April 21 at Mirani. The 51 year old may not have actually been driving but his conduct and 0. …

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