Jacqueline Patricia Thorne, 22, fined over drug, driving offences

Promise to change after drug charges

A 22-year-old Bunbury woman has vowed to "lead a pro-social lifestyle" after admitting to a series of drug and driving offences.

Jacqueline Patricia Thorne faced Bunbury Magistrates Court on January 30 - via video link from the Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility - over four breach of bail charges.

She also faced one count each of driving with a forged/replica/false number plate, failing to comply with requirements made by police, driving without a licence, possessing cannabis, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing an article with intent to injure (disable), possessing drug paraphernalia, and possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell/supply.

Thorne had pleaded guilty to 10 of the 12 charges.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Karl Rep told the court Thorne was spotted driving in Carey Park on August 28.

The 22-year-old refused to participate in a drug test.

"I'm going to test positive," she told police. "I don't have a licence anyway, so who cares if I get a suspension."

Police found that the wrong number plates had been fitted to the vehicle. Officers later uncovered a knife and a meat cleaver inside the car.

In a separate incident, police uncovered $232 and 0.19 grams of meth during a traffic stop. Thorne was then arrested and taken to Bunbury Police Station.

Another separate incident saw police conduct a search at a residence in Jacaranda Crescent, Withers.

Officers found less than 1 gram of cannabis along with drug paraphernalia.

According to defence lawyer Viv Blurton, Thorne returned to Bunbury after breaking up with her ex-partner.

Mr Blurton said his client's drug use then "spiralled out of control".

He added that she was "committed to change" and looking to "lead a pro-social lifestyle".

Magistrate Belinda Coleman handed down forfeiture orders, fines, and an eight-month pre-sentence order with supervision and program requirements.

Two of the charges (possessing a prohibited weapon, one of the breach of bail charges) were remanded to March 9.