Drug-taking truckie loses licence

A TRUCK driver caught using methylamphetamine at the wheel of his semi-trailer during an interstate trip has lost his licence for a year.

Professional freight hauler Dean McDonald Ewbank, 39, has been found guilty of driving under the influence drugs in Coffs Harbour Court.

Ewbank was arrested and charged in southern NSW on July 23, last year, but his case was heard locally because he lives in Queensland.

The court was told, Ewbank was stopped in Goolgowi at 5pm on the Kidman Way for a random breath test.

Police requested to see his work log book to track his movements, but Ewbank told them him had lost it the previous day. Facts tendered to the court stated: “The accused appeared nervous and agitated, his eyes were moving erratically and his hands were fidgeting.”

Officers became suspicious and searched the cabin finding three resealable bags, two containing white powder and another filled with a yellow liquid substance.

Ewbank initially denied the drugs were his, later owning up to driving under the influence during questioning at the Griffith Police Station.

A urine test confirmed he had methylamphetamine and cannabis in his system. He was ordered to surrender his licence to the Roads and Traffic Authority within 14 days.

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