An unlicensed driver caught travelling through a Warrnambool roundabout while talking on her mobile phone and with ice in her system, has been ordered to surrender her vehicle to police.
Simone Proctor, 39, of Menzies Street, told police she had a "puff of ice" the day before she was intercepted on Warrnambool's Lava Street about 7pm on December 30. She was observed driving with her mobile phone to her left ear. She told police she was holding a bag of lollies.
Proctor's licence was disqualified for six months in November, 2017 and she never returned to court to apply for it back. The offending also contravened a community corrections order, which was re-imposed in combination with a four-month jail sentence for drug trafficking.
Proctor pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to breaching that order and driving-related offences.
Magistrate Jelena Popovic said Proctor was a person known to police that was driving on drugs, on her phone and through a round-about.
"What did she think would happen? She sticks out like a sore thumb," she said.
Lawyer Morgan Adams said Proctor had long-standing drug and alcohol issues. He said her Holden Commodore was impounded at the time of the offending, costing her over $1000.
Mr Adams said his client had a "significant need" for a vehicle due to her family living in rural parts of the south-west. But Ms Popovic said Proctor couldn't drive the vehicle without a licence.
Proctor was fined $500, her licence further disqualified for 12 months and her Holden Commodore forfeited to Warrnambool police.
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