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Gold Coast driver who tested positive for meth claims that his breath was contaminated by MALTESERS

A driver who tested positive for meth claimed that his breath had been contaminated by MALTESERS and blamed the strange behavior for having ‘problems’ with online dating

  • Gold Coast driver blames chocolate-covered candies for a failed drug test
  • Eric Ryan claims that his drug-affected passenger fed him Maltesers before the test
  • He said it was a “very reasonable conclusion that my mouth was infected”
  • He was instructed to undergo drug therapy and had a good behavioral bond

A man who returned a positive roadside drug test claimed it was Maltesers, not meth, who was responsible for the failed reading.

Eric Barry Ryan was driving a woman in Molendinar on the Gold Coast when he was detained by police in October 2018.

As the officer approached the vehicle, his drug-affected passenger offered the driver the popular chocolate-covered candy.

Ryan claimed that the Maltesers had ‘contaminated’ his saliva sample while appearing in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

A man who returned a positive roadside drug test claims it was Maltesers, not meth, who was responsible for the failed reading

A man who returned a positive roadside drug test claims it was Maltesers, not meth, who was responsible for the failed reading

“The behavior of the (passenger) in the police statement was that she acted in a bizarre way, indicating that she is a drug user,” said Ryan as he represented herself in court.

“It was a very reasonable conclusion that my mouth was infected.

“When the police approached my vehicle, the passenger actually fed me Maltesers.

“As soon as the police saw that happening, they immediately stopped me and then the test was done.”

Ryan also told the court that he had experienced “all kinds of problems” through the dating scene after his marriage broke up.

When officers searched Ryan’s car during the traffic stop in 2018, they discovered 0.03 g of ice and a suspected utensil.

Maltesers (pictured) is a popular chocolate-covered confectionery that was first sold in 1937

Maltesers (pictured) is a popular chocolate-covered confectionery that was first sold in 1937

Maltesers (pictured) is a popular chocolate-covered confectionery that was first sold in 1937

As the officer approached the vehicle, his drug-stricken passenger Ryan offered some Malstesers (stock image)

As the officer approached the vehicle, his drug-stricken passenger Ryan offered some Malstesers (stock image)

As the officer approached the vehicle, his drug-stricken passenger Ryan offered some Malstesers (stock image)

Although Ryan was returned to the station for a second saliva test, as required by state law, he declined to comply.

He was in custody for three days.

Ryan eventually pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous drug for failing to provide a breath or blood sample for analysis and another related charge.

But earlier on Thursday, his lawyer was forced to withdraw from the strange case after Ryan indicated that he would confess guilt before changing his mind.

Magistrate Pamela Dowse sentenced Ryan to a three-month bond for $ 100 for good conduct and ordered him to undergo drug therapy (stock image)

Magistrate Pamela Dowse sentenced Ryan to a three-month bond for $ 100 for good conduct and ordered him to undergo drug therapy (stock image)

Magistrate Pamela Dowse sentenced Ryan to a three-month bond for $ 100 for good conduct and ordered him to undergo drug therapy (stock image)

In the three hours that followed, he hit back and recovered his guilty plea.

Magistrate Pamela Dowse sentenced Ryan to a three-month bail for $ 100 for three-month good conduct and ordered him to undergo drug therapy.

His driver’s license was disqualified for six months and he was fined $ 400.

No conviction was recorded.

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