Driver detected a week after taking drugs

Driver detected a week after taking drugs

A 31-year-old Young man has been fined $500 and disqualified from driving for six months at Cowra Local Court.

Daniel Phillip Charles Strange, of Hills Street, Young, failed to appear before the court charged with driving with an illicit drug present in his blood and the matter was dealt with in his absence.

According to police facts, around 11.20pm on June 14, 2021, police were patrolling Cowra as part of a Queen's Birthday long weekend operation when they observed a blue Holden Commodore travelling north on Redfern Street.

Police followed the vehicle for a short time before it turned on to Flint Lane where it was stopped and the driver, Strange, subjected to random testing.

His breath test returned a negative result but his oral fluid test returned a positive detection for methamphetamine.

He was then arrested and taken to the Cowra Police Station for a secondary test which returned a positive detection to methamphetamine.

In relation to his drug-taking, he told police, "I had some a week ago".

The remainder of his sample was sent to the Forensic and Analytical Science Service (FASS) in Lidcombe.

The FASS testing also returned a positive detection of methamphetamine and THC.

In sentencing, Magistrate Moody said Strange had a poor history with a number of driving matters for which he has been fined in the past.

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