Bike speeds through a po­lice RBT

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

EIGH­TEEN months of pro­ba­tion, 40 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and a 12- month li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion – that’s what one 20-year-old man was handed in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

Karl Lind­say Alt­mann from Proser­pine could have stopped his off-road mo­tor­bike when he saw po­lice con­duct­ing RBTs on March 2 around 8.40pm, but in­stead he sped through the check­point, nar­rowly miss­ing po­lice of­fi­cers.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said po­lice were con­duct­ing the RBT on the cor­ner of Gre­gory Can­non Val­ley and Strathdickie Rds when po­lice heard the revving of the mo­tor­bike.

On ap­proach­ing them, po­lice said there were no lights on the bike and tried to in­ter­cept by wav­ing their traf­fic ba­ton but Alt­mann sped up through them, “duck­ing and weav­ing, nar­rowly miss­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers”.

Of­fi­cers then re­turned to Proser­pine Po­lice Sta­tion where they went to re­view dash-cam footage. Then while they were there, they heard the revving of the mo­tor­bike again. Atl­mann was fi­nally lo­cated be­hind O'Duinn's Ir­ish Pub with his bike nearby. Alt­mann be­came ar­gu­men­ta­tive and con­fronta­tional and there was a mi­nor scuf­fle be­fore he was ar­rested.

Things only got worse from there for Alt­mann, as checks re­vealed he did not hold a cur­rent li­cence af­ter it was sus­pended pre­vi­ously and not re­newed. He had also never held a mo­tor­bike li­cence, was not wear­ing a hel­met and the ve­hi­cle was un­reg­is­tered and unin­sured. He then also blew 0.094. The court heard Alt­mann had had prob­lems with al­co­hol and that he “pan­icked” when he saw po­lice.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said Alt­mann had driven “cal­lously” through the road check and had “en­dan­gered the lives of of­fi­cers”.

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