Drunk on bicycle charged

A BMX biker who was “drunk as a skunk” when he rode his bike down Mary Street the wrong way has been fined $800 in Gympie Magistrates Court.

Michael Vanino Leslie, 17, was charged with driving or being in charge of a horse, animal or vehicle (other than a motor vehicle) while under the influence.

The court heard he had no bicycle helmet or any brakes on his bike when police spotted him hurtling down the street at 2am on July 14.

Police said Leslie turned into Smithfield Street as if to evade them but emerged several minutes later from behind a building. He was breathalysed and had a blood alcohol content of .133 per cent.

“What on earth were you doing riding a bike in the wrong direction with no brakes, drunk as a skunk?” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin asked.

Leslie said he was riding home and saw police but couldn’t stop. He was also charged for having no helmet or brakes.

“I’m very grateful you didn’t drive a car,” Mrs Baldwin said and asked him if he had a licence.

“I have a learners permit from Western Australia,” Leslie told the court however, it was not mandatory for the magistrate to disqualify him from holding a licence.

Leslie, of Stumm Road, Southside, had his fine converted into a fine option order of 40 hours community service.

Gympie Times


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