Shannon Craig Ryan faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Shannon Craig Ryan faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Contributed

Man hit road four times legal limit to buy cigarettes

A BLACKS Beach man was busted by police riding his motorbike four times the legal alcohol limit without a licence, registration or insurance to buy cigarettes.

Shannon Craig Ryan faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to his fourth time drink driving, on November 18.

Ryan also pleaded guilty to driving his new Husqvarna trail bike without a motorbike licence, registration or insurance.

Magistrate Mark Nolan said it was extraordinary the 33-year-old hopped on a bike after drinking so much and it was lucky he didn't injure or kill himself.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine said police spotted Ryan entering a drive-through at Blacks Beach Tavern on the Saturday.

Ryan was struggling with his kickstand and when police attempted to intercept him he kept trying to start the bike.

Eventually, Ryan was breath tested, after showing signs of intoxication, and it recorded .223 per cent BAC.

Ryan told police he drank a stubby of beer and at least four mixed glasses of whisky.

Defence solicitor Geoff Govey, of Taylors Solicitors, submitted Ryan worked long days in a scrapyard and would find it difficult to get to work without a licence.

A positive character reference from Ryan's boss was tendered.

Mr Nolan took into account an early plea, fined Ryan $2150 and disqualified his licence for 15 months.


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