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Sunshine Coast model found drug driving on party drug MDMA

  • Aspiring model was found ‘disoriented’ in her car during an MDMA come-down 
  • Emma-Leigh Claire McDonald drove to a coffee shop under influence of drugs
  • The 20-year-old was unable to stand when she got out of the car, the court heard
  • McDonald told to police she took the party drug MDMA and had not slept in days

Kate Darvall For Daily Mail Australia

An aspiring model was struggling to keep her eyes open when she was found behind the wheel of her car during an MDMA come-down.

When Emma-Leigh Claire McDonald drove to Zarraffa’s Coffee about 11am on October 18, her behaviour worried one onlooker so much that he took the 20-year-old’s keys.

McDonald was found sitting in her car in a daze when police arrived at the drive-thru coffee shop on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported. 

Emma-Leigh Claire McDonald, 20, (pictured) pulled her car into Zarraffa's Coffee about 11am on October 18, driving under the influence of drugs 

Emma-Leigh Claire McDonald, 20, (pictured) pulled her car into Zarraffa's Coffee about 11am on October 18, driving under the influence of drugs 

Emma-Leigh Claire McDonald, 20, (pictured) pulled her car into Zarraffa’s Coffee about 11am on October 18, driving under the influence of drugs 

When she was pulled from her car, she was unable to stand up, a court heard.

Police breath tested the 20-year-old but her test came back negative for alcohol.

McDonald admitted to police she took the party drug MDMA and had not slept in days when she was found at the coffee shop.

A woman later approached the police to say McDonald had side-swiped her car on her way to the cafe.

McDonald said she had no recollection of the collision. 

McDonald, who boasts more than 68,000 followers on Instagram, promotes herself as a model with Neon Model Management. 

McDonald admitted to police she took the party drug MDMA and had not slept in days 

McDonald admitted to police she took the party drug MDMA and had not slept in days 

McDonald admitted to police she took the party drug MDMA and had not slept in days 

Sunshine Coast woman, Emma-Leigh Claire (pictured), was arrested and taken back to the police watchhouse

Sunshine Coast woman, Emma-Leigh Claire (pictured), was arrested and taken back to the police watchhouse

Sunshine Coast woman, Emma-Leigh Claire (pictured), was arrested and taken back to the police watchhouse

The 20-year-old Sunshine Coast woman was arrested and taken back to the police watchhouse.

She pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

Her solicitor told the court McDonald was hospitalised for overdosing on the drug the night before she was caught drug driving.

The solicitor said her client’s decision to take the drug again was a bad idea, the publication reported.

McDonald’s psychologist told the court her patient suffered from severe depression and was working hard to get her life back on track.

Magistrate Ron Madsen fined McDonald $650, and suspended her from driving for six months.

McDonald (pictured) pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with driving under the influence of drugs

McDonald (pictured) pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with driving under the influence of drugs

McDonald (pictured) pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with driving under the influence of drugs

McDonald, who has garnered a mass following on social media, was featured in a Bodyscience.com.au blog in 2016. 

Body Science said McDonald was a ‘big believer in taking care of your body in the healthiest way possible’. 

‘Emma-Leigh strives to become the best version of herself possible. 

‘She loves to encourage and motivate others to get active and to always be confident and happy with themselves.’  

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