Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street.
Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street. Brenda Strong

Curtis Island workers 40km/h over limit, uses dodgy plates

Straddling his Triumph, heading to work was a bad move for suspended driver Brodie Noel Barrett who lost his licence after being busted for a big speeding offence.

Barrett, 28, was trying to get to work on time at 5am when police stopped his Triumph travelling along the Port Access Road last month.

In evidence before Gladstone Magistrates Court prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said officers on patrol that Friday morning pulled over the rider on the black motorbike after noticing it had "a home made" registration plate on the rear.

Barrett pleaded guilty to driving without a licence on February 5 as a result of a previous speeding offence of 40km/h over the speed limit.

Sgt Gangemi said his license had been suspended for six months from November 4 until May 3 this year.

Barrett told police he was aware he was unlicensed and had made the plate to avoid detection.

As a result of his offence his Triumph was immediately immobilised for seven days.

Representing himself in court Barrett said he was a sheet metal tradesman working on Curtis Island.

"It was a completely foolish and dishonourable thing to do to simply attach home made plates to your motorcycle," magistrate Jeffrey Clarke told him.

"You were disqualified for a good reason, a high speed offence."

Barrett was fined $750 and disqualified for another six months.

It will be additional to his previous disqualification.



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