Driver out of rehab and nabbed by police

A Cordeaux Heights man freshly released from a rehabilitation facility was caught just days later driving with a cocktail of drugs in his system.

Police received several triple-0 calls from concerned motorists who saw Paul Frankham’s vehicle swerving on the Princes Highway between Nowra and Ulladulla on October 18 last year.

Officers pulled the 32-year-old over just metres from Milton Hospital and subjected him to a breath test, which returned a negative result for alcohol.

Believing he may be affected by a drug, police arrested Frankham and took him to the hospital for blood and urine tests.

The results came back positive for a mix of drugs including methamphetamine and codeine.

In Port Kembla Local Court on Friday, Frankham pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, as well as another charge of possessing a prohibited drug, relating to a separate incident in May this year, when he was caught with a bag magic mushrooms stuffed down his pants.

Through his Legal Aid lawyer, Frankham acknowledged he needed more help to kick his habit. 

Magistrate Michael Stoddart cast doubt over Frankham’s ability to stay off drugs given his history of abuse, but said for his sake he hoped it could be achieved.

He placed Frankham on a 12-month good behaviour bond for both offences and ordered him to abide by whatever programs Probation and Parole authorities put in place for him, including full-time residential rehabilitation.He was also banned from driving for two years.

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