Wild chase ends in broken bones for rider
ATTEMPTING to flee from the police ended in disaster for a Gladstone motorcyclist.
Graeme Geoffrey Albert Wells was spotted driving an unregistered trail bike on July 27 this year and police attempted to pull him over for questioning.
When police activated their sirens Wells looked over his shoulder and indicated left.
He then increased speed and made no attempt to stop.
Wells exited onto the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic, made a turn and police lost sight of him.
The 43-year-old father then led police on a hair-raising chase which included Wells travelling at speeds of up to 100kmh in a 60kmh zone.
Wells's driving led him to get speed wobbles, do a wheel stand and eventually he crashed his bike. He suffered a break to his leg and two broken ribs from the crash.
Wells pleaded guilty to five charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
His defence lawyer said Wells was ashamed of the facts and that the incident was extremely out of character.
Magistrate Penelope Hay said she took into account Wells's early plea.
"You placed the lives of others at risk," she told Wells. "Your behaviour was foolish and childish."
In sentencing Wells, Magistrate Hay said she needed to take into account his circumstances and the need for a general deterrence.
Wells was ordered to pay $128 in restitution for a fence he damaged during the pursuit.
For the charge of dangerous operation of a vehicle, Wells was ordered to undertake 12 months of probation and was disqualified from holding a licence for six months.
For the failure to stop charge, he was fined $5500 and disqualified from holding a licence for two years.
The disqualification periods are cumulative.
For the three charges of driving an unregistered and an uninsured vehicle without a licence, Wells was convicted but not further punished.
A conviction was recorded.