Rocky man ditched Har­ley af­ter crash

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AN IN­TOX­I­CATED mo­tor­cy­clist tried to do a run­ner from po­lice, but a keen-eyed wit­ness proved his un­do­ing.

Ben Hall pleaded guilty in Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day to one count each of drink driv­ing and rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle not fit­ted with an in­ter­lock de­vice.

The court heard that on the evening of De­cem­ber 5 last year, po­lice were called to a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on the cor­ner of Pen­ny­cuick St and Den­ham St, West Rock­hamp­ton.

A Har­ley-David­son reg­is­tered to Hall was found dam­aged at the in­ter­sec­tion, but he was nowhere to be found.

An in­for­mant told of­fi­cers they saw Hall sit­ting on the side of the road af­ter crash­ing, be­fore he was picked up by some­one in a car.

Po­lice tracked the car to an ad­dress where they found Hall suf­fer­ing from cuts con­sis­tent with be­ing in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

Hall told po­lice he was rid­ing his bike when a dog ran out on to the road and caused him to swerve and crash.

He also ad­mit­ted to drink­ing a num­ber of cans of beer when he was breath tested and re­turned a read­ing of 0.142.

On Jan­uary 23 last year, Hall had been or­dered to an in­ter­lock con­di­tion un­til 2018, which re­quired him to use a breath test de­vice linked to the ig­ni­tion sys­tem of any ve­hi­cle he drove.

Hall’s mo­tor­bike was not fit­ted with such a de­vice.

Hall was fined $700 and dis­qual­i­fied for seven months for drink driv­ing and fined $300 with a three-month dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for driv­ing without an in­ter­lock de­vice.


WRECKED: Ben Hall crashed his mo­tor­bike on the cor­ner of Pen­ny­cuick St and Den­ham St, West Rock­hamp­ton af­ter he'd been drink­ing.

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