Where there's smoke there's fine

SMOKING a "joint" in the car is not advisable, particularly when the car is unregistered and a police patrol is passing by, a Toowoomba man has found out.

Police patrolling Newtown about 2.20pm, July 5, spotted David Wayne Robinson getting out of a car parked outside a Charlotte St residence.

The car had been flagged by the police computer as being unregistered and the officers approached the 32-year-old, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Robinson told the officers he had not been driving the car but had in fact been sitting in it smoking.

When the officers approached the car to see if they could smell smoke to confirm his story, they saw a water pipe "bong" for smoking marijuana sitting on the seat with a small amount of the drug and residue in the attached cone piece, police prosecutor Senior Constable Christie Mahoney told the court.

Robinson pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug and a utensil for smoking it. Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck fined him $850.
 


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