$3000 fine in RBT escape bid
A BOGANGAR man has been fined more than $3000 for attempting to make a getaway from a roadside breath test.
Brian Richard Bates pleaded guilty in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday to hindering police in the execution of their duty, driving recklessly, driving more than 45km/h over the speed limit and mid-range drink-driving.
The 38-year-old was fined $3284 and told he must comply with two good- behaviour bonds for two years.
Police alleged Bates reached speeds of up to 120km/h in a 50km/h zone on Dry Dock Road, and that he blew .130 per cent blood alcohol concentration.
According to the police facts, an officer attempted to wave down Bates' car at 11.10pm on July 10 for a roadside breath test on Minjungbal Drive.
However, Bates kept on going and the police officer had to dive off the road to avoid being run down.
Police followed the vehicle as it accelerated harshly, then turned right at Dry Dock Road.
They estimated it reached 120km/h before turning into Cox Drive.
Bates pulled the car into a driveway, then jumped out of a car and ran away on foot.
He jumped one fence, but police caught him as he attempted to jump another.
Bates lashed out with his arms and legs as he was tackled to the ground.
He was handcuffed and taken to the Tweed Heads Police Station for breath analysis and blew .130.
Bates claimed he had consumed three bottles of bourbon at the Chinderah Hotel between 4pm and 11pm that night.
Police said after the incident Bates was remorseful and apologised to the police involved.