Drunk, doubling on a motorbike in bottle shop drive-thru

DOUBLING a mate on a motorcycle without a helmet and with a breath-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit, it's little wonder Joel Adam Harlow was refused service at a Toowoomba hotel drive-through.

The 21-year-old was still at the Southern Hotel bottle shop drive-through about 10.20pm, January 16, when police arrived to speak with him, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

He blew a breath-alcohol reading of 0.207 and checks of his driving record found Harlow was not licensed to ride a motorcycle, police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court.

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

"I no longer drink at all, Your Honour," he told Magistrate Damian Carroll who noted the 21-year-old had a previous low-level, drink-driving offence in 2012 and two previous unlicensed driving matters in his history.

Mr Carroll fined Harlow $1500 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for 13 months.



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