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Ice-smoking driver allegedly wiped snot on seats while making pig noises at police

A man who admitted smoking ice before driving his car is alleged to have wiped snot on the seat of a police car before making pig noises and saying "I'm speaking your language".

Daniel Mullin, 39, from Melba, pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday to multiple charges of driving under the influence of drugs such as methamphetamine and cannabis.

On March 15, Mullin was stopped by police while driving on Mouat Street and found to be driving while disqualified with a pair of nunchakas on the backseat of his silver Hyundai Excel.

Court documents show a subsequent drug test found Mullin was driving under the influence of methamphetamine and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

While being taken to the ACT Watch House by police, officers allege Mullin picked his nose and then wiped it on the seats of the vehicle.

Police allege Mullin constantly made pig snorting noises and said "I'm speaking your language".


Court documents show he then attempted to eat on three occasions when he had been directed not to do so. They described him as fidgety with slow speech and a stutter.

The defendant made an admission under formal caution that he had smoked ice about 7pm the night before.

Around 10am on June 11, Mullin was stopped by police, drivingin Charnwood, and he was later found to be under the influence of cannabis and methamphetamine

Almost a month later, on July 4, Mullin was again stopped in Lyneham and observed to have "bloodshot eyes" and "pin-pricked pupils". He was described as being unsteady on his feet and was later found to be under the influence of cannabis.

Around 10.40am on July 24, police stopped Mullin while driving in Braddon and observed similar symptoms. He was taken into custody and placed in the rear of a police car, where he was alleged to have made threats to a police officer's family members.

He was then taken to the emergency department of the Calvary Hospital where he undertook a drug test which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Court documents show Mullin was also found to be driving while under the influence on methamphetamine on October 13, 2013.

His lawyer said he had an intellectual disability and was easily influenced by his peers and prone to taking risks in order to impress them.

She appealed to the Magistrate Peter Dingwall for a suspended prison sentence, as her client was able to pay fines, could continue his casual employment at a rate of $30 per hour, and had already accepted the need for counselling.

Mr Dingwall said while one incident on its own would not deserve jail time, he needed to consider the multiple incidents within a short period.

He said it was clear Mullin needed to be placed in an intensive rehabilitation program with daily reinforcement, as a casual counselling program would do little to improve his behaviour.

The matter was adjourned until March 13 in order for a suitable rehabilitation program to be arranged for Mullin with the defence required to produce evidence on his next appearance.

Mullin's bail conditions, which ban him from driving or possessing the keys to any motor vehicle, were continued, and he will be excused from appearing in March if he is undertaking a residential rehabilitation  program.