Fines given for refusing to comply

A 39-year-old Collie woman has been fined $1600 in the Collie Magistrates Court after twice refusing a police request to accompany officers to the police station after a traffic stop.

Elisha Gaye Robinson did not appear in court on Wednesday, January 23 and was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with requirements made by a member of the police force.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Greg Ward said the first incident occurred on the Coalfields Highway in Roelands on August 17 last year, when police pulled Robinson over for speeding.

He said police conducted an oral drug swipe on Robinson, after which they asked her to accompany them back to the police station for a further test. She refused.

Sergeant Ward said the second incident occurred on the Coalfields Highway in Allanson on October 23.

He said police again pulled Robinson over for a random breath test – which came back negative – before conducting a drug swipe and pat test.

During a search of her vehicle, police found a smoking implement with traces of methamphetamine and an extendable baton.

Sergeant Ward said police requested she go to the police station with them, but she refused.

Robinson had already pleaded guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia and a prohibited weapon at her previous court appearance on December 12.

Magistrate Greg Smith said Robinson had already been convicted twice for failing to comply and therefore imposed fines of $800 and a six-month licence disqualification for each offence.