Cop neighbour ends drunken ride

IT was an expensive birthday party for one 24-year-old after he was fined a total of $2260 for traffic offences at Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday.

Ryan Patrick Bard, 24, of Warwick pleaded guilty to five charges including drink driving, driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle, and driving without a licence. Bard said he had been fixing up his off-road bike while enjoying a couple of birthday drinks, when he decided to take the bike on a test ride.

Unfortunately for Bard, one of his neighbours was a police officer who noted the man riding an unregistered bike with no helmet.

The neighbour contacted police and Bard was intercepted and breathalysed, found with a blood alcohol level of .175.

The court heard Bard had already been disqualified for driving and had a previous drink-driving charge.

His defence solicitor said the 24-year-old only rode the bike 250 metres down the street to test it and that stupidity overrode his common sense.

He said Bard had several personal issues, including mental health he was undergoing assessment for. Magistrate Anne Thacker said a fine was the correct punishment even though the hefty penalties involved would be an “unfortunate birthday present.”

He was also disqualified from driving for three years.



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