Brenden Charles Bobbin of South Pambula was given an $800 fine and a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs when he appeared via audio visual link in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, October 28.
The charges stem from when he was stopped by police in August and tested positive to methylamphetamine.
Additional charges of possessing a prohibited drug (two counts), supplying a prohibited drug in a commercial quantity, supplying or knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug, supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and supplying a prohibited drug (not cannabis) in an indictable quantity will be heard at the court on November 25, again via audio visual link, after documents of outstanding statements are received by the court.
These charges stem from Mr Bobbin’s arrest at his home at 7.55am on Thursday August 22.
In regards to the driving charge, the court heard that Mr Bobbin was a 41-year-old father of two and that references submitted would attest to his activity raising funds for community groups.
His defence counsel said that it was not Mr Bobbin’s manner of driving that had attracted the attention of the police, and it was only when police officers approached his vehicle that they realised that he was driving under the influence of the drug.
The court heard that Mr Bobbin had last been charged with a drink driving offence in 2000, and that he had a “large number of traffic notices,” but his defence argued that as a professional driver this was due to the many thousands of kilometres he drove each year.
Magistrate David Degnan took into account Mr Bobbin’s guilty plea when reducing the fine to $800.