Meth-taking truckie stops for a snooze on busy road
A meth-taking interstate truck driver who blocked a major road when he stopped for a nap has lost his licence for two months.
Mount Julian's Jason Dean Taylor, 42, handed his licence, and in effect his livelihood, over at Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday after he endangered other road users in a bizarre incident at Wacol in the early hours of the morning on January 24.
Responding to a call-out to the Ipswich Motorway at 6.35am, police found the self-employed truckie asleep behind the driver's seat of his heavy combination vehicle, which was blocking the left turn lane to Centenary Highway.
The court heard the keys to the white Mack truck were in the ignition, the engine was running, and the doors to the cab were unlocked.
A roadside drug test returned a positive result, and subsequent testing confirmed the drug was methylamphetamine.
The court heard Mr Taylor had been transporting fresh produce from Goondiwindi to Rocklea when he stopped his truck on the motorway "because he was tired".
He told police he "used to consume amphetamines orally but hadn't consumed any in years," and initially attempted to argue the positive drug test was as a result of taking the prescribed medication Duromine.
Pleading guilty to drug-driving at Monday's hearing, solicitor Brigid Paterson conceded her client should not have blocked the road.
"He was tired and he didn't intend to pull up and stay there for very long, but he did fall asleep in the vehicle," Ms Paterson told the court.
"He accepts he should have pulled up in a parking bay."
Magistrate James Morton fined the father of two $550, and suspended his licence for two months, telling him he "should know better".
"The days of truck drivers staying awake for 24 hours to get from one end of the country to the other are over, do you understand?" Mr Morton told Mr Taylor.
"Trucks with dangerous drivers behind the wheel - they're dangerous, and it's the poor person just trying to get from point A to point B to get by in life that ends up getting killed."