Wheelie lands rider in court

BOREDOM after a long day of riding was not enough of an excuse to keep a Southside man out of court.

Andrew Stuart Gilbert, 31, didn't know there was an unmarked police vehicle from the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad at the intersection of the Bruce Highway and Excelsior Road on August 7, when he took off at the green light doing a wheel stand on his motorbike.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard last Thursday the defendant had crossed the entire intersection before placing the front wheel of his bike back on the ground.

When police questioned him, Gilbert, of Stumm Road Southside said he was tired and it was something to do.

He was charged with driving without due care and attention. Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns sought a period of disqualification as a deterrent. Magistrate Baldwin said at 31, Gilbert should be setting an example for the rest of the community, but because he had a good record she wasn't going to disqualify him.

Gilbert said it was not something he would usually do. He was fined $350.

Gympie Times


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