DRUG DRIVING: Man defends his actions.
DRUG DRIVING: Man defends his actions. Kate Darvall

Drug driver tries to defend his actions in court

DARRYN James Riley pleaded guilty in Kingaroy Magistrates Court to drug driving after he tested positive to marijuana in a roadside drug test last year in Blackbutt.

Although he pleaded guilty, Riley told the court he smoked the drug three days prior to testing positive and "thought it was safe to drive".

Riley also told the magistrate he used the drug for pain relief purposes because he suffered after"several spine infusions".

Magistrate Barry Barrett said he took the defendant's early plea of guilty into account in sentencing.

Riley was fined $600 and disqualified from obtaining or holding a driver's license for four months.

A conviction was recorded.

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