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You're too old for wheelies, magistrate tells biker

Motorbike rider Harley Meehan leaves Gladstone courthouse after his Dawson Highway 'wheelies' copped him a $1200 fine.
Motorbike rider Harley Meehan leaves Gladstone courthouse after his Dawson Highway 'wheelies' copped him a $1200 fine. Ross Irby

HARLEY Meehan was riding down Dawson Highway astride his Yamaha motorbike when his wheelies were spotted by Gladstone police.

The rigger got his front wheel airborne briefly but it was the second time - for a distance of 150m - that really peeved police.

It was more than careless stupidity because Meehan had been busted doing the same potentially deadly antic just months before.

Meehan told police he did it 'for fun' but a Gladstone magistrate told him he was too old to be doing wheelies.

Meehan, 23, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention at 7.45pm on December 10.

Prosecutor snr const Sam Pyke said the motorbike rider was travelling westbound when police on patrol saw him accelerate quickly near Phillip St between two lanes of traffic, the bikes front wheel lifted off the road and its engine could be heard loudly revving.

Meehan then accelerated a second time from between two lanes of traffic near Aerodrome Road with snr const Pyke saying his front wheel lifted off the road for a distance of 150m.

When stopped Meehan told officers he was doing it for fun, saying that he was aware it was wrong as he had just received a ticket for doing wheelies.

Snr const Pyke said Meehan had problems with motorbike riding as since 2012 he had been caught on other offences including a charge of being a driver who did not have proper control of a vehicle.

"He was very lucky he did not cause an accident or injure himself," he said.

Magistrate Mark Morrow told Meehan the way he rode was appalling.

"I'm a Coroner; I've seen the result of a rider coming off his bike. Looking at the photos of one of them made me throw up," he said.

"It takes a bit for that to occur."

Mr Morrow fined Meehan $1200 and disqualified him from driving for two months.

Topics:  court crime gladstone magistrates court motorbike



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