Drink drive motorbike accident
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.