A man has landed in court after driving from the Southern Highlands to Goulburn with cocaine in his system.
Jarrod Leslie Smith, 28, of Barry Crescent Goulburn, was convicted of driving with an illicit drug present in his blood.
Smith appeared before Goulburn Local Court on November 18. The court heard that on August 7, 2020 Smith was driving on the Hume Highway from Sutton Forest to Goulburn when he was pulled over by police. He tested positive to having cocaine in his system. It was presented to the court that several motorists had witnessed Smith driving erratically in wet conditions before he was stopped by police near the North Goulburn exit.
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie said Smith had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. She said the defendant had told police he had "used a... load" of cocaine the previous day.
The magistrate said it was "the way [Smith] was driving that got police attention."
Solicitor Clements urged the magistrate to take her client's personal situation into account. She said Smith needed his licence for work and family reasons.
The solicitor said her client had completed a Traffic Offender's Course and had commented afterwards that he: "Would take the car keys away from someone [to stop them driving], if it was necessary".
Smith was convicted, fined $600 and his licence was disqualified for three months.