Jail visit ends in drug driving bust

A MUM busted driving with ice in her system had been on her way to visit her husband in jail, an Ipswich court has heard.

Mother of two Kirsty Hickson was doing it tough financially, living rough in her Ford Territory wagon at the time of the offence.

Kirsty Anne Hickson, 45, from North Ipswich, pleaded guilty to drug driving (methylamphetamine) at Borallon Correctional Centre on December 8 last year; and failing to appear at court.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell told Ipswich Magistrates Court police operating an RBT intercepted Hickson outside the jail at Ironbark at 2pm.

Defence lawyer Erin Duan said Hickson's husband was in jail at the time.

Ms Duan said Hickson instructed she has since completed alcohol and drug counselling.

At the time her husband was in jail she had lost everything after her house was broken into.

Hickson was on a Newstart allowance and with her husband's jail release she hoped for a way forward.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop said it was ironic that people struggling to get by still found the money to take drugs.

Ms Mossop said it was to Hickson's credit that she was getting counselling.

Hickson was fined $800 and her licence disqualified for one month.