Drink drive mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent

Whitsunday Times - - COURT & LAW -

A MAN who crashed his mo­tor­bike while rid­ing with a blood al­co­hol level more than three times the le­gal limit, has been fined $1000 and had his li­cence sus­pended for 10 months.

An­thony John Dar­bey, 49, of Air­lie Beach, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Beamish told the court Dar­bey recorded a blood al­co­hol con­tent of 0.177 af­ter he crashed his mo­tor­bike into a ditch in Man­dalay at mid­night on Au­gust 11.

Po­lice were called to the ac­ci­dent on Man­dalay Rd and when they ar­rived Dar­bey was be­ing taken to Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal in an am­bu­lance with mi­nor in­juries, Mr Beamish said.

Rep­re­sent­ing him­self in court, Dar­bey spoke of how he re­alised he had “nar­rowly avoided death” and was un­likely he would ever re­gain full use of his right arm af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

He said he had al­ready lost about $2500 in wages while he was in hos­pi­tal.

Dar­bey asked the court to take into ac­count his “ab­so­lute re­morse from my stu­pid­ity” and also apol­o­gised to the court, po­lice, am­bu­lance of­fi­cers and Queens­land Health.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young was crit­i­cal of the fact Dar­bey had rid­den the mo­tor­bike while so in­tox­i­cated.

“0.177 is not a mod­er­ate read­ing,” he said.

“It is un­for­tu­nate it has taken to this point for Mr Dar­bey to re­alise how dan­ger­ous drink driv­ing is.”

AC­CI­DENT: An Air­lie Beach man faced court af­ter crash­ing a mo­tor­bike while more than three times the le­gal limit.

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