A South West magistrate has slammed a ‘drug-impaired’ driver for dismissing his victims’ trauma after crashing his car into oncoming traffic in 2020. In May 2020, Gregory Phillip Timms was driving on Bussell Highway when he suffered a medical condition which caused him to lose consciousness, slamming his car into oncoming traffic. A blood sample following the collision found Timms was positive for cannabis at a level equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .05. Timms appeared in Busselton Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to driving with an illicit drug in his system. The court was told the father-of-five had smoked “two to three cones, three to four days prior” to the incident. Defence lawyer Ken Bates argued given Timms wasn’t criminally responsible for the collision, the victims’ impact statement was irrelevant and should be disregarded. However after it was revealed Timms had known of his medical condition before the crash, Magistrate Linda Keane slammed the pair for disregarding the victims. “In terms of his personal responsibility in those circumstances, he’s just disregarded the risks to other people and in this situation a family was left physically injured and emotionally traumatised,” she said. “Financially they suffered considerably as well because of a man who knew he suffered from a condition that results in a loss of consciousness and has driven with cannabis in his system at a level that impaired his ability to drive. “He’s not charged with dangerous driving but the effect of him driving while impaired in combination with someone who suffers from a loss of consciousness — how is that not an aggravating feature of offending? “Whether he was criminally responsible or not a family has been left devastated . . . he took a grave risk and people other than himself are suffering significantly as a consequence.” Frustrated, Ms Keane ruled the crash and medical condition were aggravating factors to the charge and ordered Timms sentencing be adjourned for a pre-sentence report. Speaking to the man directly, Ms Keane told him she expected him to read the victim impact statements ahead of his sentencing to understand the true reality of his actions. Timms will face sentencing in Bunbury next month.