Injured biker registered .23

A MAN who came off his motorbike while more than four times the legal alcohol limit claimed he was not the rider despite being covered in grazes and cuts.

Police were called to Leichhardt about 5.45pm after reports a man had crashed his motorbike.

When officers arrived, Shawn Douglas Nowlan was holding a large stubbie of beer and walking behind another man who was pushing the bike.

Despite painful grazes to his feet, knuckles, hands, wrist, shoulder, stomach and a missing end to his left big toe, Nowlan claimed he had not been riding the bike.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Nowlan was breathalysed and recorded 0.230.

Nowlan, 40, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor, driving while disqualified by a court and driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle with the wrong number plates.

He was sentenced to five months’ jail which was wholly suspended for two years and fined $600.

Nowlan was disqualified from driving for three years.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client was a father who described his behaviour as “sheer stupidity”.

Mr Fairclough said Nowlan had previous convictions for drink-driving and disqualified-driving and a prison sentence was within range.



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