A Darley father-of-six was holding cannabis in his hand when police raided his Jonathan Drive address, a court has heard.
The Ballarat Magistrates’ Court heard a deal bag with amphetamines and a mature cannabis plant, which Trevor Meyer admitted growing, were also found.
The court also heard earlier this year the 45-year-old, also known as Trevor Lovett, was intercepted by police after they noticed his car had homemade number plates taped on.
Checks of his licence revealed he was disqualified from driving.
The court heard a warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court on both matters.
When police attended his address on October 5 to arrest him, he fled on foot.
But he didn’t get far, falling over just outside the house.
Meyer pleaded guilty to a number of charges, which included cultivating a narcotic plants, resisting an emergency worker and fraudulently using a number plate.
His lawyer, Wendy Duncan, said her client had had issues with drugs since he was 15.
She said while the drug charges breached a two-month suspended sentence, all the offending was low level.
As for the homemade number plates, she said the digits matched the car’s registration.
Ms Duncan added over the last six months Meyer began helping Koori children with their homework and cared for his mother whose health was deteriorating.
She submitted to the court her client would like an opportunity to participate in a community corrections order (CCO) after already spending almost two weeks on remand.
Meyer was sentenced to time served, to be followed by a nine-month CCO with orders to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work.