Teen’s license disqualifed for drug driving

A YOUNG Millicent man was warned of the effects illicit drugs can have after being caught driving while under the influence on methamphetamine.

Connor Joseph Crescentino, 19, appeared in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Tuesday for sentencing.

The prosecutor said Crescentino allegedly drove on Wehl Street North, Mount Gambier at 4:25am and was pulled over for random drug test screening.

“The defendant stated his public doctor had prescribed the drugs to him and he purchased them from a chemist,” she said.

“He said he was driving around looking for a place to sleep as his sister had kicked him out of the house.”

Crescentino’s lawyer said her client was residing with his sister in Mount Gambier and on the night of the offending they had an argument.

“He visited friends the night before who were using methamphetamine and said he stupidly decided to partake,” he said.

“He has ceased used since the date of offending and is now living with his father.”

Magistrate Panagiotidis said the defendant was a very young man and was lucky to have family provide support for him.

“You will have no hope of being a respectful and useful adult if you fall into using drugs at this age,” she said.

Crescentino was ordered to pay a $900 fine and had his license disqualified for six months.

He was also ordered to pay $808 in court and levy fees.