Whisky a no no for airborne motorbike crash rider

HAVING sustained significant injuries after crashing his motorcycle into another vehicle, Daymon Tony Mason was lucky to be still here to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on the incident.

The 34-year-old's motorcycle had become airborne after striking a sign before crashing into a dual cab utility at an Alderley St roundabout on the evening of December 19, last year, the court heard.

Taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment, a blood sample was taken which, when analysed, showed Mason had a blood/alcohol level of 0.119 and a small trace of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson said.

Mason's solicitor Chris Lumme said despite the finding, his client instructed he had never smoked marijuana.

However, his client admitted to having between four and six glasses of whisky earlier that evening but had stopped drinking about two hours prior to riding his motorcycle.

His client sustained significant injuries in the crash and was off work for four months and was still taking pain killers, Mr Lumme said.

Mason pleaded guilty to drink and drug driving and driving without due care and attention.

Magistrate Graham Lee noted Mason had a six-page traffic history though no previous for drink-driving and fined him $1550 and disqualified him from driving for four months.



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