Rhonnda Jane Emery pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle while methamphetamine was present in her saliva, and contravening a probation order.
Rhonnda Jane Emery pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle while methamphetamine was present in her saliva, and contravening a probation order. Kevin Farmer

L-plate driver ran red light, teacher had 'injected meth'

A SLADE Point woman accompanying a learner driver who ran a red light told police she had injected the destructive drug ice the previous night.

When the 20-year-old learner driver ran the red light in Mackay city centre, police pulled over the car and Rhonnda Jane Emery failed a roadside drug test.

The 48-year-old's actions landed her in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to being in charge of a motor vehicle while a drug - methamphetamine - was present in her saliva.

Emery also pleaded guilty to contravening a probation order.

Prosecutor Anna Ellis detailed Emery's run-in with police on November 2 last year.

"(The learner driver) was intercepted for driving through a red traffic light," she said.

"The defendant was required to provide both a roadside breath and roadside drug test as the person in charge ...

"When questioned (after failing the drug test), she readily admitted to injecting meth the previous night."

Defence barrister Phillip Moore conceded Emery had "considerable history in relation to drugs", but "limited" history regarding drink or drug driving.

Mr Moore told the court Emery - who was experiencing a range of issues within her family - was candid with police and pleaded guilty at an early stage.

Emery had some prospects of rehabilitation, according to Mr Moore.

Magistrate Mark Nolan fined Emery $500 in total and disqualified her from driving for one month.

Emery will remain on probation.


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