Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine
Proserpine Magistrates Court, Main Street, Proserpine

Man found driving with ‘concoction of drugs’ in system

DRIVING with MDMA and cannabis in his system has cost a Cannonvale man $550 and a six-month licence disqualification.

On Monday, Proserpine Magistrates Court was told how Jason Wayne Kennewell, 49, was stopped by police on Shute Harbour Rd, Cannonvale, on March 1.

"At about 11.18am on March 1, police patrols intercepted the defendant and he recorded a positive roadside test," Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Jay Merchant said.

"Subsequent analysis indicated two drugs present - 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and cannabis."

Kennewell, who was self-represented, said he had been at a party.

"I was at a party the night before, smoking a bit of weed and MDMA got passed around," Kennewell, a trades assistant in the water industry, said.

When asked by Magistrate James Morton how he'd taken the MDMA, Kennewell said he'd "snorted" it.

"It doesn't do a real lot for me," he said, adding he had just moved to the area.

"My wife wanted to move because I was getting out of control - I got mixed up with the wrong people again," he said.

Magistrate Morton said Kennewell, who pleaded guilty to driving while a relevant drug is present in blood or saliva, had "opened up a can of worms".

"You have opened up a can of worms here for yourself because the police will know you are involved in drugs," he said.

"I am going to be sitting in this chair for the next 20 years until I have to retire and if you keep this up, it will be a bad move - drug driving is serious.

"You had a concoction of drugs in your system - MDMA is a top shelf drug. The hint of the day is to stay off the drugs - you are a grown man."

Magistrate Morton fined Kennewell $550 and disqualified him from driving for six months, with no conviction recorded.



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