Jamie Millard, 41, Charged with Swapping Seats in Moving Truck, Pleads Not Guilty in ACT Court for Driving | Canberra weather

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Drug driver convicted of swapping seats with passenger after pronouncing an “f —” and slapping his forehead when police saw him was released on bail to attend his appointments. you professionals and medical professionals in difficulty. Jamie Damien Millard, 40, appeared by telephone in ACT Magistrates’ Court on Friday on charges of drug driving, driving without a license and not stopping for police. At the time of the alleged offense on Dec.31, Millard, whose court has heard six convictions for drug driving, was out on bail, terms of which included not to drive. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is summoned to a hearing in August. Prosecution documents handed to the court indicate at around 3:35 p.m. on December 31, police were outside Millard’s home in Nicholls where they saw him enter the driver’s side of an Isuzu truck. They also saw a woman enter from the passenger side before following the truck into Gungahlin where they pulled up beside it. Police allege the driver was Millard because they had “a clear and unobstructed view of the cab of the truck.” The police then ordered Millard to stop on the other side of an intersection. “The accused acknowledged the police order by uttering the word ‘f — k’, slapping his hand on the forehead and nodding in response,” the court documents say. Millard would then have climbed the middle band, stopped then accelerated. Police followed the truck, which reportedly swerved side to side and collided with a gutter. Officers then saw through the truck’s side mirrors that Millard and the woman allegedly swapped seats before the truck stopped. He then tested positive for a drug and checks showed his driver’s license had expired in February 2019. MORE COURT AND CRIME NEWS In court, defense lawyer Sally Boxall requested release on bail based on personal circumstances. Ms Boxall said her client’s small landscaping and earthmoving business was in “dire financial straits” due to his detention and a shoulder injury he suffered in 2020. She has said he had to see the hospital for chest pain, his partner was also in pain. health problems and there were two partially completed jobs. “There are compelling personal circumstances in terms of the things he needs to do to get his business back on track,” Ms. Boxall said. “They are also a month behind on the rent and if they are not able to complete these two jobs, they certainly cannot be paid either.” Prosecutor Angus Brown opposed bail on the likelihood of being charged with committing other offenses and endangering the community. Mr Brown said the most recent charges showed Millard’s conduct posed “a significant danger to others.” “The driving can be best described as erratic… exacerbated by the fact that the accused has changed drivers,” he said. “Complete disregard for court-imposed orders and a willingness to take extreme measures to avoid liability. Mr Brown said the hardships Millard faced while in detention were “a natural consequence” and the prosecution’s concerns must also be weighed against the truck being Millard’s work vehicle. Magistrate Glenn Theakston granted bail, saying there was a clear risk that Millard would drive again because of his business, but that this was not a case involving frequent driving against orders . Mr Theakston warned Millard if he was charged again or if he broke his bail he would be arrested “very, very quickly”. Following his arrest for the alleged Dec.31 offenses, he was first denied bail by the court on Jan.3. Millard had previously pleaded guilty to another round of driving charges stemming from an incident in April 2021 and will be sentenced in March. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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