Truckie caught driving under influence of drugs, court told

A TRUCK driver with more than 40 years’ experience was caught driving his prime mover under the influence of drugs, a court has heard. 

Paul Parkinson, 62, of Ballarat, had also failed to record long distance drives in his log book, the Ballarat Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday. 

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Kilburn said Parkinson was intercepted in his truck in February this year, with a preliminary oral fluid test indicating the presence of an illicit drug.  A later analysis of the test confirmed Parkinson had been under the influence of methamphetamine while driving his Kenworth truck and trailer. 

Senior Constable Kilburn said Parkinson had not been recording his interstate travels in his log book. 

Parkinson pleaded guilty to the charges. 

Magistrate Cynthia Toose said  someone in charge of a heavy vehicle should not be under the influence of drugs. 

Parkinson was fined $1500 and had his licence suspended for three months.

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