Driver is not learning, court says

Driver is not learning, court says

A 31-year-old Cowra man has been fined $700 and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Cowra Local Court.

Matthew William Mulloy, of Pinot Street, failed to appear before the court charged with driving with an illicit substance in his blood.

The matter was dealt with in his absence.

According to police facts, around 12.15am on June 26, 2021, police stopped a Toyota Hilux on Lachlan Street to subject the driver to random testing.

The driver, Mulloy, produced his licence and returned a negative breath test.

He was then subjected to an oral fluid test which returned a positive detection for methamphetamine.

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

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

In relation to his drug-taking, Mulloy told police, "I haven't taken any drugs for about a month."

The FASS also returned a positive result to methamphetamine.

In sentencing, Magistrate Moody noted Mulloy had a history of drug offences.

"He comes before the court having committed this offence on three prior occasions," she said.

"He does not appear to be learning, this is the fourth time he's been charged with this offence."