Prescription drugs, driving danger

A HERVEY Bay man who was so affected by prescription drugs that he fell over during a random breath test has fronted court charged with driving under the influence.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard Reginald Arthur Darlington was intercepted by police at 2pm on August 1.

He was “very distant” when talking to officers and found it difficult to understand what they were saying.

Police prosecutor Kath Stagoll said Darlington was asked to return to the station to provide a specimen of blood when a breath test returned a negative reading.

She said when he exited his car, he fell over and was so unsteady on his feet that officers had to hold him up.

It was later found that he had prescription medication in his blood stream.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court was told Darlington had been prescribed the medication for a degenerative spine disease and, on the day, was headed for Maryborough to see a doctor for further pain relief.

He had since been further diagnosed with lung cancer.

Magistrate Tom Killeen commented that Darlington “certainly shouldn’t have been driving” when handing down sentence.



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