Joondalup: notorious drink-driver Mitchell Walsh escapes drug-driving charge with fine, disqualification

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A NOTORIOUS drink-driver, who previously killed a 10-year-old girl, has been fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months after being caught drug-driving.

Mitchell William Donald Walsh entered an endorsed plea of guilty at Joondalup Magistrates Court today to driving with an illicit drug in his system, and was handed the maximum penalty plus court costs.

Walsh has a lengthy record of driving while disqualified and drink-driving, including the crash that killed Jess Meehan in 2003.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she could not believe Walsh had been allowed back on the road given his driving record.

“We’ll review his circumstances so that either he or anyone else in his position doesn’t get off as easily as he has,” she said.

“I would never give him his licence back. I’ll see what’s appropriate and legally possible in that regard.”

Ms Roberts said the State Government would also look at toughening drink driving laws in the early part of 2018.