‘High rotation’ of driving offences in Mudgee court

Mudgee Local Court, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

A Dubbo woman was fined $600 and disqualified for six months after she was charged with mid-range drink driving following the A Day On The Green concert.

Rasharn Stephens, aged 29, of St George’s Terrace, Dubbo, was stopped by police at about 3.05am in Market Street, Mudgee.

A roadside breath test was positive for alcohol and she was taken to Mudgee Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.131 was recorded.

Stephens admitted to consuming eight drinks between 7pm and midnight.

Given the matter was the first drink or drug driving offence for sentence on the day, Magistrate Paul Mulroney called for the attention of all others in court charged with like matters because “I don’t want to be on high rotation”.

And said, “you can’t afford to take this risk, because it often ends in tragedy”.

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A man from the Penrith area who told the court he was in Mudgee to “have fun with the boys”, was sentenced for drug driving and four possession offences.

Dylan Reece Evans, aged 21, of Burke Avenue, Werrington Country, was fined a total of $1000 and disqualified for three months.

Police stopped his vehicle in order to conduct random breath and drug testing in Church Street at about 11.20pm on September 8, 2017.

Evans tested positive for cannabis and admitted to possession of a small amount. A search of the vehicle located more, along with an LSD tablet, and two bongs.

Magistrate Mulroney told the defendant, “the pollies say that the level that is detected is a level that would be affected, it’s not about punishing people who smoke cannabis”.

And that, “I can’t understand why someone who has a good life would use cannabis and LSD. I can understand why someone who has had a bad life would.

“Hopefully, this has scared the crap out of you.”

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A 19-year-old man was fined $750 and disqualified for six months after was stopped driving down Mayne Street, Gulgong, without headlights.

Lynden Joel Clarke of Barneys Reef Road, Gulgong, pleaded guilty to mid-range drink driving.

Police stopped him at about 12.25am on October 28, 2017, and he admitted “I’m over”. He was taken to Gulgong Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.146 was recorded.

Magistrate Mulroney told Clarke he was “a whisker away from high range” and “this is one of those circumstances where a brief lapse of judgement could’ve had catastrophic consequences”.

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A man charged with his second drug driving offence of the month of September, was fined $750 and disqualified for six months.

Joshua Vincent Cottee, aged 28, of Lower Piambong Road, Menah, was sentenced in his absence after he submitted a written plea of guilty to the charge.

He was stopped by police in Robertson Street, Mudgee, for random breath and drug testing at about 5.30pm on September 8, 2017.

Cottee tested positive cannabis and methamphetamine and admitted he “smoked about an hour ago”.