Teen rode motorbike drunk, speeding on wrong side of road

A teenager who broke his collarbone after he opted to hop onto his motorbike drunk, without a helmet, with his mate on the back and speed into oncoming traffic was sentenced in the Charleville Magistrates Court.

Luke Cameron Dierke fronted court on Monday, January 11 and pleaded guilty to five offences, including dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving over the general alcohol limit, driving uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence and driving an unregistered vehicle.

The court heard at 11.20pm on Friday, November 6 2020, Charleville police received information about a traffic crash on Alfred and Bolter St.

Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff said when police arrived, they spoke to a witness who said they heard a loud bang before seeing two males injured and running around then place a motorbike into a utility and drive away.

The court heard the pair presented themselves to hospital a short time later where police then spoke to them.

“While police were talking with the defendant, they smelt liquor on his breath,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.

Dierke returned a breath analysis result of 0.59.

A month later, the defendant voluntarily attended the police station and made admissions to the offences.

The 19-year-old told police he had friends over for drinks and about 11pm he offered a lift home to one of his friends on his Kawasaki motorcycle.

“Both got on and rode from his residence,” sergeant Boodnikoff said.

“Neither were wearing helmets, rode on the incorrect side of the road and the defendant stated he wasn’t sure what speed he was going but it could have been as high as 70km/hr in a 50km speed zone.

“He struck a centre island which caused the crash and both males came off the bike.”

Police checks revealed the defendant did not have the correct licence to operate the motorbike.

Defence solicitor, Paul Metcalf said his client was born in Kingaroy and is employed as a fencer, however due to the accident has been off work due to breaking his collarbone.

“He instructs he was intoxicated, but believes it was the lack of vision from the night light that contributed to the crash,” Mr Metcalf said.

“He instructs it was poor decision making and he learnt a significant lesson.”

Magistrate Peter Saggers told the defendant the situation could have been far worse.

“The affect it could have had on you, your friend and your family … the worry they would have had when a call came in about an accident then having to come before the court,” Magistrate Saggers said.

“Let it be a lesson to you.”

The defendant was slapped with a $1500 fine and will be off the roads for nine months.

The convictions were not recorded.