Man banned from roads for 18 months
A man was sent to Drug Treatment Court yesterday after he admitted possession and use of methamphetamine.
Jonathan Watts, 54, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to driving while methamphetamine was present in his blood and possession of the same drug.
The court heard that police attended a single-vehicle collision near Doctors Lane, in Hamilton, and found that a car had collided with a bus stop around 2am on March 17.
Officers spoke with the driver, who identified himself as Watts, and later became suspicious as he behaved in an erratic manner and refused medical help.
Officers also found a bag filled with a white powder in his car.
When questioned, Watts told police: “That stuff is meth, it’s hard to come by.”
Watts was arrested and taken to Hamilton Police Station, where officers demanded that he give a sample of blood for analysis.
Tests revealed that Watts had methamphetamine in his blood and that the bag contained a total of 1.17g of methamphetamine.
Watts, from Pembroke, told the court that he struggled with drug problems and asked to seek help through Drug Treatment Court.
Magistrate Maxanne Anderson referred him to Drug Treatment Court and ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment.
She released Watts on $1,500 bail and banned him from the roads for 18 months.
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