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Learner rider found to be over the limit in Lismore

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A 41-year-old Lismore man who raced away from police on his motorbike was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and on a learner’s permit.

Police allege they driving through the roundabout at Ballina and Wyrallah and Ballina road in an unmarked vehicle when they were overtaken on the near side by a motorbike at  4:38pm yesterday.

While driving through the roundabout the rider lifted the front wheel of the motorbike off the road.

Police gave pursuit and indicated for the rider to pull over but he accelerated away, locking up a wheel on the intersection of Brewster and Ewing Streets.

On Ewing street the rider had to break harshly to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Police terminated the pursuit because of the danger presented by the rider’s actions.

A few minutes later police were advised that the motorbike had crashed on the intersection of Magellan and Hampton Streets.

The rider ran off but returned to watch the bike being removed by a tow truck, and was identified by police.

The rider, a 41 year old Lismore man, was placed under arrest and failed a roadside breath test.

Checks on his licence revealed he was on a Learners rider’s licence.

At Lismore Police Station he provided an alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit for an unrestricted rider.

The 41 year old was charged with Police Pursuit, Drive Manner Dangerous and High Range PCA 2nd Offence.

His licence was also suspended. He will appear in Lismore Local Court later this month.

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