Driver disqualified until May 2034 found driving with drugs

Euan Graham Stewart failed to appear on three charges before the Local Court in Cowra on October 17.

Stewart, 31, of Gordon in the ACT was charged with driving under the influence of an illicit drug, possessing a prohibited drug and driving a motor vehicle while disqualified.

Magistrate Michael O’Brien disqualified Stewart for three months and fined him $300 for driving under the influence of a drug.

He was fined a further $200 for possessing a prohibited drug and $200 for driving disqualified in addition to receiving a further six month driving ban on the drive disqualified charge.

According to police Stewart was stopped about 12.32pm on June 15 on the Great Western Highway for a random breath and drug test.

He told police, “I think I’m suspended, I did have my learners licence a long time ago”.

Checks revealed he was disqualified until May 2034.

Police said due to the nervousness of Stewart and “certain information”, they conduced a search of his vehicle which uncovered a clear sealed bag containing 26 grams of cannabis, two glass smoking pipes, black handcuffs and a live .22 round.