Rockingham: P-Plater found with drugs cops fine

Rockingham: P-Plater found with drugs cops fine

A P-PLATE driver was found with a stash of drugs when she was picked up by police in Wellard.

Kirstie Louise Summers appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on July 18. On that day she pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing amphetamines, methamphetamines, and cannabis, stealing, failing to display P-plates and to correctly display a number plate on a vehicle.

The prosecutor said Summers had been stopped by police at 10.35pm on June 24 for not displaying P-plates.

In a search of her and her car, police found less than 2 grams of cannabis, and in two clipseal bags 2 grams of amphetamine.

In her pocket they found a syringe with 0.4grams of liquid methamphetamine. The prosecutor said Summers had stolen number plates from a Triton that was parked at an address in Secret Harbour.

Magistrate Richard Bayly asked Summers if she had anything to say.

Summers said she was going to Adelaide the next day and wanted the matter dealt with quickly.

He tried to put her on an order but Summers refused.

“I am going to stay with family in Adelaide so I can get off the drugs there,” she said. “I can’t do an order as I honestly have a plane to catch tomorrow.”

Magistrate Bayly said it left the court with little punishment options. “You don’t want to be on an order so the court doesn’t have any choice,” he said.

He issued a global fine of $1300, and ordered that the drugs be destroyed and the stolen number plates returned.

“You have to do something about your drug addiction because sooner or later you’ll commit a crime that will put you in prison,” he said.