A 50-year-old woman high on drugs drove away from Taranaki Base Hospital after refusing to hand over her car keys to drug and alcohol counsellors.
Megan Elizabeth Vosseler was yesterday sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court for driving under the influence of a drug.
Judge Allan Roberts said Vosseler had attended drug and alcohol service at 11.30am on June 12.
The staff were concerned at her level of intoxication and tried to prevent her leaving in her car.
When she refused to hand over her keys they contacted police.
Just 200 metres down the road on Tukapa St in Westown, police pulled her over.
She appeared distant and was swaying and acknowledged she had taken methadone.
She was given a blood test which confirmed she had taken methadone.
Later, Vosseler said she did not believe methadone had affected her driving. She said she had failed the test because she had vertigo.
The judge said Vosseler was a long-term addict and was aware of the problems she caused by ingesting drugs over and above methadone.
Vosseler, a repeat offender, was given 140 hours community work and ordered to pay analyst and medical fees totalling $900.
While she said she had learned her lesson and would not be back, the judge said he would stamp her file with a final warning.
- Taranaki Daily News
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