A QUEANBEYAN man was sentenced to six months imprisonment after police investigating a car accident stumbled across multiple cannabis plants at a Bangalay Street residence.
33-year-old Gavin Geiger pleaded guilty in Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday on multiple charges including cultivating a prohibited plant, driving while disqualified and negligent driving.
Queanbeyan Police discovered the cannabis plants after Geiger had fled the scene of a collision on Ross Road on August 3.
Geiger was travelling south on Ross Road at about 6pm that evening when he lost control of his Holden Commodore and collided with a tree before fleeing the scene of the crash.
Two days later, police investigating the collision were making inquiries at a Bangalay Street property when they spotted the plants inside a van parked in the backyard of the home.
Three cannabis plants were subsequently seized. Geiger was not the residence at the time. Occupants of the home indicated that the van was maintained by a separate individual.
At about 10am, August 12, Geiger was arrested by Queanbeyan Police before fronting court later that day.
He was sentenced to five months in prison for driving while disqualified and one month imprisonment for cultivating a prohibited plant. He was also disqualified from driving for a further two years and had a negligent driving conviction recorded.
A DRUNK driver who crashed into a retaining wall while nearly four times the legal limit is set to face Queanbeyan Local Court.
The 41-year-old man was crossing the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Donald Road at about 5pm, Monday when he lost control of his car.
He then crossed to the wrong side of the road before colliding with a sign post and retaining wall on Donald Road.
The man later recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.198 and was charged with high range drink driving. His driving license was also suspended. High range drink driving carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.
QUEANBEYAN Police are investigating after another car fire in Karabar.
At about 3.45am on Saturday morning, an Anne Street resident was awoken by the noise of his Holden Commodore ablaze.
The car had been parked on the street outside the owner’s home. Queanbeyan Fire Rescue extinguished the blaze which is being treated as suspicious.
The fire was in the same vicinity as a number of car fires earlier this year. On April 29, two cars were set alight on Woodridge Place and Ullamulla Crescent in Karabar.
Police at the time were investigating a group of four men acting suspiciously in the area however, no arrests were made.
Queanbeyan Police could not confirm whether a link exists between Saturday’s fire and the earlier incidents.