CHARGED: Hannah Herbener pleaded guilty to drug driving in Roma Magistrates Court last Tuesday.
CHARGED: Hannah Herbener pleaded guilty to drug driving in Roma Magistrates Court last Tuesday.

Health worker one of the drug drivers named and shamed

MOST people celebrate their 21st birthday in fine form, but for one young woman it was costly in the end.

Hannah Mary Herbener, 21, fronted Roma Magistrates Court facing a drug driving charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court Herbener was pulled over on Miscamble St on August 26 at 1.55pm.

She was asked whether she had consumed any illicit drugs within the past two weeks, which she replied that she hadn't.

But the test was positive for a relevant drug in the system.

The court heard Herbener, who works at Queensland Health, was celebrating her 21st birthday two days before and had taken illicit drugs.

Herbener pleaded guilty to the charge, stating that it was the first time she had taken drugs.

"It's going to be the worst birthday present I can give you," Magistrate Blanch said.

He fined her $350, disqualified her from driving for one month, with convictions not recorded as she had no prior history.

"Don't come back here before me," Magistrate Blanch said.

Melissa Janet Kermod, 32, also pleaded guilty to a drug driving charge in Roma Magistrates Court last Tuesday.

On August 29 at 8.30am, she was intercepted by police on the Warrego Hwy, where she tested positive for a relevant drug, after making no admissions.

The court heard she had been at a party the night before, where she consumed an illicit substance.

The court heard Kermod, who was a single mother, had a history of a like nature and had been given a prior suspended sentence in District Court in May.

She was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for one month.

"With your history, if you keep coming back before me, you know what will happen," Magistrate Blanch said.