Gold Coast cop cleared of drug driving charge

A SUSPENDED Gold Coast police officer has today been cleared against a drug driving charge.

Senior Constable Lynette Jones was charged with drug driving after crashing her car into a power pole on Narbarlek Road, Worongary on March 5, 2010.

A blood test revealed she had traces of alcohol and prescription medication in her system.

Defence barrister Michael Byrne told the court Sen-Con Jones had been prescribed Stilnox — a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia.

It was argued that at the time of the crash she could not have been criminally responsible for her actions.

Magistrate Terry Duroux agreed and dismissed the charge stating there was no case to answer to.

It is up to the Queensland Police Service to whether Sen-Con Jones will be reinstated to her duties as a police officer.


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