Drunk ride on unregistered kids mini-bike costs man $3650

A motorbike similar to the one a Nambucca Heads man was caught riding at Coraki.

A motorbike similar to the one a Nambucca Heads man was caught riding at Coraki.

When Tanner Jensen went riding along Short Street at Coraki on an August Saturday afternoon after a few drinks it probably didn’t cross his mind that he could be fined thousands of dollars.

The 21-year-old failed to appear at Lismore Local court this week so Magistrate Karen Stafford applied section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Act in her ruling.

Police said Mr Jensen, of Bowraville, west of Nambucca Heads, was riding a Suzuki JR 80 mini-bike along Short Street about 3pm, without a helmet, when he was spotted by officers.

When police spoke to Mr Jensen they smelled alcohol on his breath and he was subjected to a roadside breath test which proved positive.

Mr Jensen was arrested and taken to the police station where officers searched him and found he was carrying a knife and 0.7 grams of cannabis.

At the police station Mr Jensen registered a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.106.

He was charged with using an unregistered motor vehicle on a road, using an uninsured motor vehicle on a road, mid-range PCA, custody of a knife in a public place, possessing a prohibited drug, motor bike rider not wearing a securely fitted approved helmet and driver never licensed.

Under Section 196 of the Criminal Procedure Act, Magistrate Stafford convicted Mr Jensen and found him guilty on all charges.

She ordered him to pay $3650 in fines, disqualified him from obtaining a licence for 12 months and ordered that the knife be destroyed.

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