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Second drug charge costly

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May 13, 2017

An Echuca man caught drug driving for the second time in a year has lost his licence for six months.

AN ECHUCA man caught drug driving for the second time in a year has lost his licence for six months.

Neil Martin, 41, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of drug driving.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Jones said Martin was intercepted by police while driving south of Ararat on October 14 last year.

An oral fluid test detected the presence of illicit drugs in Martin’s system, with further analyses revealing he had consumed methylamphetamine (ice) and marijuana.

Leading Sen Const. Jones said Martin admitted to police he had smoked ‘‘two cones’’ of marijuana earlier that day.

The court heard Martin had prior criminal history for driving offences, including a drug driving offence earlier last year.

Martin told the court he was unemployed and was undergoing counselling to address his issues.

Magistrate Michael King expressed surprise at the pattern of offending.

‘‘Well, Mr Martin, you’re building up a history of drunk and drug driving offences,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a concern you continue to put the community at risk.’’

He convicted Martin, disqualified him from driving for six months and ordered him to complete 50 hours of unpaid community work.

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