Driver complemented on rehab steps but still off road for six months

A 32-year-old Cowra woman has been given conditional release orders for nine months and disqualified from driving for six months at Cowra Local Court.

Rachel Sandra Hood of Fitzroy Avenue was before the court charged with three counts of driving while an illicit drug was present in her blood.

According to police facts Hood was stopped on three occasions, March 15 around 12pm, June 10 around 6.35pm and July 18 around 4.15pm for random breath and drug tests.

On all three occasions her breath test returned a negative reading but her oral fluid tests returned positive readings for meth.

On all the occasions Hood was arrested and taken to Cowra Police Station for a secondary oral fluid test which returned a positive reading to meth.

During the June incident Hood was also cautioned for unlawfully using her fog lights.

Further analysis of Hood’s samples by the NSW Forensic and Analytical Science Service in Lidcombe also returned positive readings of meth.

Hood’s solicitor Clive Hill told the court that his client had no criminal matters on her record until early 2018 when a break down in her personal life caused her life to shatter.

Mr Hill said his client was taking steps to address her drug dependence and was taking up full time residential rehab.

Magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim said Hood should be commended for the steps she had already taken to address her drug taking. 

“It appears to me the only way to reduce your risk of re-offending is for you to complete your rehabilitation program and kick your drug habit,” he said.

“Any sentence I issue may punish your behaviour but keep you on that positive path of rehabilitation. I want to do everything I can so you can have a genuine attempt to address your drug taking.

“You should be congratulated on the effort you have already made but you will be off the road for six months,” he said.