Man in crash had meth in system and false plates

A MACKAY man who crashed a maroon station wagon into a ditch has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of amphetamine and methylamphetamine.

Christopher Duval, 42, also pleaded guilty to possessing drugs, driving without a licence, driving an unregistered, uninsured car and using false licence plates in Mackay Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine said that on May 17 last year, police went to a single-car crash at The Leap, 20km north of Mackay.

Snr Const Erskine said Duval, who had been driving, was unconscious and the car had "false" NSW plates and was unregistered and unlicensed.

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton said on the day, Duval had been driving a woman back to Mount Pelion as he was assisting her in her rehabilitation.

She said the woman had been "spiking water", which was why Duval had "low levels" of drugs in his system.
Ms Morton said the woman had grabbed the wheel and caused the crash.

Snr Const Erskine said that on July 30 last year, police were conducting patrols in Slade Point when they saw Duval walk over to a parked RAV4 car.

Checks revealed that the car was stolen.

When police searched the car they found 1.03 grams of marijuana. Duval told police he'd had the car for a couple of weeks and he didn't smoke marijuana.

Ms Morton said Duval had been "looking after the car" for a friend who was in and out of mental health care at the time.

Snr Const Erskine said on July 11 this year, police were patrolling Sarina when they intercepted Duval driving a Toyota Camry.

Checks revealed his licence had expired 166 days prior and Duval told police that he didn't have the money to renew the licence.

Ms Morton said Duval had started using amphetamine from about 2013, after his marriage broke down.

She said he was unemployed, "working on his own rehabilitation" and receiving financial support from his father.
Duval had previously worked as a courier and security provider.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Duval had not entered early guilty pleas on the 2015 matters.

He said he took documents which showed Duval had passed some drug tests "with a grain of salt" and said he didn't accept he had stopped using drugs.

"There's one here on the May 20 (last year) which says you're completely clear, and yet three days before you'd been found driving with all these substances in your system," he said.

Duval was fined $2500, ordered to serve 114 hours of community service and disqualified from driving for six months.
Convictions were recorded.

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