Fines given out in Collie Magistrates Court over driving and drugs charges

Driving and drug charges heard in Collie Magistrates Court in August. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Driving and drug charges heard in Collie Magistrates Court in August. Photo: Thomas Munday.

A Collie resident caught driving without a licence has been fined $1200 along with court costs and forced to pay half the annual licence fee. 

Police prosecutor senior constable Karl Rep told Collie Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 30 that Douglas Eric Prior, 30, was stopped by police while travelling in a Ford Falcon at 1.55pm on July 28. 

Police found his vehicle had been unlicensed since April 3. Prior told police he had to move the vehicle a short distance. 

Prior was charged with one count of driving a vehicle with a forged, replica or false plate and one of driving without a licence. 

A Collie man caught driving over the legal blood alcohol limit has been slapped with a $1600 fine and has had his licence taken away for two and a half years. 

Police prosecutor Sen. Const. Karl Rep told Collie Magistrates Court Thias John Cooper, 33, was stopped by police at 1.36am on July 20. 

Officers ascertained he had been drinking and took Cooper to Collie Police Station. A blood alcohol test registered 0.1333 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. 

Lawyer Derek Hunter said Cooper walked home before going back to get the car and drive home. 

Magistrate Evan Shackleton listed Cooper’s similar prior offences during the sentencing. 

Bryce David Docherty, 30, faced Collie Magistrates Court on August 30 on drug and drug paraphernalia possession charges. 

Sen. Const. Rep told the court police executed a search warrant at a house in Coombes Street at 1pm on March 31. 

During the search, Docherty showed bongs to police. Police also found Eighty-seven grams of cannabis at the scene. 

Docherty also faced five counts of breaching a suspended imprisonment order over charges handed down in September 2014. 

The 30-year-old was convicted over the five previous charges in April 2015. 

Lawyer Mr Hunter told the court Docherty had taken part in the Fresh Start program in 2014. 

He said Docherty had also been weening himself off of cannabis and tried to get back into the workforce. 

Mr Shackleton acknowledged the two charges from March 2017 were not similar to the five charges from 2014. 

He said, in this case, it was a significant factor that cannabis and drug paraphernalia possession were not offence of dishonesty. 

Docherty was fined $2500 along with court costs of $414.50 for the search. 

A destruction order for the cannabis and bongs was also granted. 

A Collie resident has been punished for driving under the influence earlier this year. 

Police prosecutor senior constable Karl Rep told Collie Magistrates Court that Brian William Gilcrist, 31, was stopped by officers on Coalfields Road on August 6, 2017. 

A blood alcohol test registered 0.083 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. 

Magistrate Evan Shackleton handed down a $500 fine and a six month concurrent licence disqualification on August 30. 

A Collie resident has been fined $400, along with court costs, and banned from driving for nine months after being caught driving without a licence. 

Isaac Philip Freeman, 19, attended Collie Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 30. 

Police prosecutor senior constable Karl Rep told the court Freeman was stopped by officers at 1pm on August 10 while driving a Ford Laser in Allanson. 

Magistrate Evan Shackleton warned Freeman: “Repeated driving without a licence will land you in jail”. 

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William Norman Sloan, 57, received a $200 fine and court costs over a speeding charge picked up in December last year.

Sloan attended Collie Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 23, initially pleading not guilty to exceeding the speed limit. 

According to police prosecutor Sergeant Greg Ward, Collie police stopped Sloan on Coalfields Highway heading west about 9am on December 22, 2016.

Police registered Sloan driving his motorcycle at 99 kilometres an hour on a stretch of road with an 80km speed limit before pulling over on Shotts River Road.

Sloan told the court he believed police had registered his speed and flashed their lights in a 110km zone past past the 80km area. 

Sgt Ward presented evidence of a mud map of the area and 15 photos showcasing the stretch of road the incident took place in.

During Collie Police senior constable Greg Taylor’s examination, Sen. Cont. Taylor told the court he had been conducting patrols east of Collie town site when the incident occurred. 

He said the radar had locked onto Sloan’s motorcycle 200 metres into the 80km zone. The senior constable had then let the motorcycle go past before performing a u-turn and following Sloan. 

During the cross examination, Sloan asked Sen. Const. Taylor if he had gotten Sloan and Sloan’s wife confused as Sloan’s wife had received a speeding ticket after the incident. 

Sen Const Taylor said that could not have happened as Sloan was on a motorcycle and Sloan’s wife had been in a car in those separate incidents. 

While being examined by Sgt. Ward, Sloan revealed he did not check his speedometer at the time and had been running late to an appointment in town. 

Magistrate Brian Mahon told Sloan the police prosecution would have to prove beyond reasonable doubt in the trial that he was guilty of the offence. 

Magistrate Mahon acknowledged that Sloan had admitted to being involved in the incident, crediting Sloan for his honesty and for being straight forward.

He also said Sen. Const Taylor had provided sufficient evidence to prove the charge.