Disqualified driver rode drunk
A CONVICTED serial traffic offender serving a substantial ban from driving has been caught out again – this time on a pocket rocket.
Unable to drive due to previous court orders, Brenton Patrick Flanders, 26, of Coffs Harbour instead opted to ride a tiny 100cc motorcycle to the hearing.
But the biggest issue the court found with his decision was that he had just drunk a two-litre cask of Moselle.
On the afternoon of April 2, police say they spotted a fully grown man riding the miniature bike through the streets of Park Beach.
The rider wasn’t wearing a helmet and was travelling at speeds of up to 60km/h.
Giving chase they activated their lights but Flanders accelerated veering across a medium strip and passing down a bushland track off Vincent Street.
The officers continued on the roadway catching up to him in Ocean Parade and ordering him off the bike.
Dropping the pocket rocket, Flanders was unsteady on his feet.
Agreeing to a breath test he returned a high-range reading of 0.245 – almost five times the legal limit.
Taken to the police station and questioned, he admitted to drinking the wine between 8.30am and 3.15pm.
It was noted during his court appearance this week that Flanders is listed on the RTA’s Habitual Offenders List, serving a licence disqualification dating back to July, 2004.
His latest traffic convictions include high range drink driving, disqualified driving, use of an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving on the road having not paid vehicle tax, and not wearing a helmet on a motorcycle.
Pleading guilty to the offences he had an additional two years added onto his licence disqualification and was fined $800 plus $76 in court costs.