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Driver on meth blames festival

By Riverine Herald

A REPEAT drug driver has been taken off the road for six months.

Sophia Finucane, 22, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to failing an oral fluid test.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Bush said police stopped Finucane on November 27 last year in Runnymede, where she tested positive to methamphetamine.

She told police ‘‘I didn’t even know. I was drinking other people’s drinks’’.

Representing herself in court, Finucane said she had been to a festival the day before.

‘‘I apologise. I drank a lot the night before and I made a lot of bad choices,’’ she said.

The court heard the part-time cleaner from Eden, NSW, was also convicted of drug driving in May last year, leading to a three-month disqualification.

‘‘I’d been to a festival that time too. Not that that’s an excuse,’’ Finucane said.

Magistrate Patrick Southey warned her not to drive for six months as she could end up in jail.

He also convicted and fined her $500.