Amphetamine-using Ballarat truck driver disqualified

A drug-taking truck driver has been taken off the road for six months.

Robert Walker, 60 of Ballarat, pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday to driving while under the influence of amphetamines.

Prosecuting, Leading Senior Constable Lindsay Riley said Walker was seen driving his Kenworth prime mover erratically along the Calder Highway on February 26.

Leading Senior Constable Riley said police indicated for Walker to pull over but instead he weaved across both lanes of the highway and collided with a concrete guard.

“He finally pulled over at the corner of Lockwood Road and High Street, Kangaroo Flat, more than 3km after police had started their lights and sirens,” he said.

Leading Senior Constable Riley said a drug test showed the presence of methylamphetamine and Walker admitted he had taken half a gram of amphetamine the day before.

Magistrate John Lesser said Walker had a relatively good driving record. “But that doesn’t excuse this behaviour which was incredibly dangerous,” he said. 

Mr Lesser disqualified Walker from driving for six months and imposed a $1000 fine. The court heard VicRoads had already cancelled Walker’s licence because of a medical condition.