Repeat offender caught again
A CAR crash in 2004 left him with skeletal injuries and multiple fractures but that didn’t stop Jamie Alford from riding a motor bike like a “kamikaze pilot”.
Gympie Magistrates Court heard that a Gympie District Traffic Branch police officer was travelling south on Mary Valley Road in a marked speed camera vehicle on April 19. It was the second vehicle in a line of four and the fourth was a Suzuki road bike ridden by Alford.
The bike was seen crossing double while lines and breaking the 80kmh speed limit to overtake the third vehicle. It pulled in behind the police car for a moment before it overtook the two vehicles in front, crossing double white lines again and accelerating to more than 100kmh.
Another police car was positioned further up the road and an officer walked out to the middle, signalling for the rider to stop. Alford swerved around him and was last seen travelling towards Dagun at high speed.
Investigating officers found the motorbike under a tarp at its registered address while the motor was still hot and Alford was charged with driving while disqualified; using false registration plates, failing to stop a motor vehicle and for failing to comply with a police direction to stop a motor vehicle, as well as four counts of failing to keep left of the double white lines.
Alford, 24, was placed on probation for two years and disqualified from driving for three years in November 2009 for similar offences. Alford’s defence, lawyer Greg Wildie told the court of his client’s battle to get well since a traffic crash left him seriously injured in 2004 and that prescription drugs had affected his judgement.
Alford was placed on an intensive correction order for nine months and disqualified from driving for another four years. His probation order was revoked and replaced with 18 months probation. He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of community service.