Crash mum had meth on board and two kids in the car

Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

A TOOWOOMBA mother with methylamphetamine in her system had two small children in her car when she crashed into the rear of another vehicle, the city's court has been told.

A police unit had been at the side of Alderley St, Harristown, on September 8, last year, when officers saw Loretta Lea Smith crash into the back of the vehicle in front of her which had stopped in traffic.

The driver of the car in front sustained facial injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment as were two children in Smith's vehicle who sustained minor injuries, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Smith, 41, told police she had rammed into the rear of the car in front when the other vehicle stopped suddenly, but after being told she had been seen to take her eyes off the road, she admitted she had been watching the police on the side of the road as she drove past, the court heard.

A road-side drug test proved positive and later analysis of the sample provided by Smith showed she had methylamphetamine in her system at the time.

The mother of three again tested positive to methylamphetamine after she was pulled over by police on Cessna St, Wilsonton, two months later on November 9, the court heard.

The self-represented Smith pleaded guilty to the two counts of drug driving and to one count of driving without due care and attention arising from the September 8 crash.

Asked by Magistrate Graham Lee if she wanted to say anything in relation to the offences, Smith replied "No".

Mr Lee noted Smith had a previous drug driving offence in May last year for which she had been fined $300.

Mr Lee fined the single parent pensioner $1200 and disqualified her from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for 11 months.

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