A HAVEN apprentice chef caught twice in nine days for drug-driving has lost his licence.

Luke Membrey, 21, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to having failed a blood test and having failed an oral fluid test.

Magistrate Richard Pithouse fined Membrey $600, with conviction, ordered him to pay $69.70 statutory costs and cancelled and disqualified his licence for six months.

Mr Pithouse also ordered the removal of an alcohol interlock device from Membrey’s car.

Membrey has a prior conviction for drink-driving.

“You are skating on thin ice,” Mr Pithouse said. “If you reappear again on drink-driving or drug charges there will not be many options available.”

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Matthew Haughton told the court about the two occasions when police officers intercepted Membrey driving his car in Horsham.

Police stopped Membrey in Kalkee Road on December 17 and he returned a positive preliminary oral fluid test for an illicit drug.

Membrey was unable to provide a second sample for an evidentiary test in Horsham Police Station, so doctors took blood from him in Wimmera Base Hospital. An analysis showed methamphetamines in Membrey’s blood.

Police stopped Membrey in Firebrace Street on December 26 and he again returned a positive preliminary oral fluid test for an illicit drug.

Membrey provided a second sample which showed methamphetamines.

Defence solicitor Graeme Hardman said Membrey worked in a Horsham restaurant and his employer had dealt with his drug issues.

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