He blew more than three times the legal limit after crashing his motorbike.
He blew more than three times the legal limit after crashing his motorbike.

Drunken backyard motorbike ride proves expensive

RIDING a motorbike in the back yard while drunk proved more than a stupid idea for a 27-year-old Toowoomba man.

Police responding to the report of a motorbike crashing into a parked car on Paradise St, Harristown, had gone to the Toowoomba Hospital where the bike's rider Ethan Troy Bays was being treated for injuries.

He didn't want to talk about it, but a friend of his told police they had been drinking at Bays' home and that he had jumped onto his motorbike in the yard at about 6pm.

However, he had ridden it out into the front yard, lost control and crossed the footpath and struck a parked car, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

A sample of blood taken from the 27-year-old at the hospital had been analysed to show he had a blood/alcohol reading at the time of 0.169, prosecutor Eddie Fraser said.

And checks of his driver's licence found he had been disqualified by a court at the time, he said.

The self-represented Bays pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and under the influence of liquor.

He told the court he realised he had a bad traffic history for someone his age and admitted he had previous drink-driving offences.

He said he had since had very little to drink and was trying hard to get ahead in life.

Due to the injuries he had sustained in the crash, he had to have four surgeries on his hand and that he wasn't quite right physically yet, he said.

"I had a lot of time to reflect in hospital," he said.

"It was a huge wake-up call."

Magistrate Kay Ryan noted Bays had a previous high-range drink-driving offence and warned that a third within five years brought an automatic term of imprisonment.

Ms Ryan fined him $1800 and disqualified him from driving for a total three years.