206kmh on a bike... with passenger

RECKLESS and dangerous behaviour continued on Tweed roads over the weekend with one biker hitting 206 kilometres an hour and a drunken dad, four times over the alcohol limit, swerving over Sexton Hill with his nine-year old daughter in the car. A 38-year-old motorcycle rider from Upper Coomera, was caught doing 206 kilometres in a 110-kilometre zone on the freeway between Cudgera Creek and Kennedy Drive on Monday evening with a female pillion on board. Police said another motorcycle had overtaken the original rider while he was doing 206 kilometres an hour, but the police focused on the first-noticed offender, with the second escaping. The rider was charged with speeding, reckless driving, driving while his licence was suspended and having an unregistered and uninsured bike. After being held in custody from Monday night he was due to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday but was bailed by police in the morning to appear in court in February. Tweed/Byron traffic co-ordinator Sergeant Bill Darnell said it was difficult to understand the motivations of people who endangered the lives of others as well as themselves. "They’ve got pillions on the back, they are re-%sponsible for other people’s lives," Sgt Darnell said. "The mind boggles as to why these riders think they are better than everyone else. Even the best motorcycle riders in the world fall off." Stephen Barry Pomare, 42, a construction worker of Hicks Street, Tweed Heads, yesterday pleaded guilty in Tweed Heads Local Court to high-range PCA with an alcohol reading of 0.210 – four times over the legal limit. Police told the court that on January 7 just before 11pm they saw%Pomare swerving from side to side as he headed north on Sexton Hill through heavy rain. When police pulled him over they could smell alcohol on his breath and discovered he had his nine-year-old daughter in the car. Pomare told police he had been travelling from the Central Coast and had stopped several times for petrol and food, but he also drank alcohol whileat the stops. Magistrate Annette Sinclair said this was “very very serious”, with%Pomare having a complete lack of respect as he put his daughter and%every other driver at risk. “This is not an ordinary drink-drive offence,” Magistrate Sinclair said. Pomare was convicted and fined $1600 plus court costs of $70, disquali- fied from driving for 29 months and placed on a good behaviour bond for 18 months. “Breach this bond and you go to jail,” Magistrate Sinclair warned%Pomare as he left the court. Also in court for drink-driving and speeding was 20-year-old Jaren Peter Dwyer, of Overall Drive, Pottsville. Dwyer, a P-plater, pleaded guilty to high-range PCA with a reading of 0.15, and speeding, doing more than 45 kilometres over the limit in Ducat Street on January 10. When stopped by police Dwyer said “I’m a dickhead, I’m a dickhead”. Police told the court Dwyer was well-affected by alcohol, and in their opinion there was “an extreme level of danger to the public”. Dwyer, along with numerous other traffic offenders in court yesterday, opted to go to the Traffic Offenders Program. He will be back in court for sentencing on March 19. Last month, a P-plater who had only held his licence for one month was clocked doing 194km/h on the Pacific Highway with a passenger in the car.



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