Schooner or later the police will catch you

RIDING a bicycle along Toowoomba's main street late at night with a schooner of beer in hand was always going to attract the attention of police.

However, that didn't seem to occur to Toowoomba man Brett Anthony Wilson until after the fact.

Shamrock Hotel security staff had alerted a police patrol after seeing the 31-year-old ride past the Ruthven St pub about 11pm on Friday, March 11, with a beer in his hand.

Police soon found him and his bike in the grounds of nearby St Luke's Church, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Wilson told officers he had had six schooners at the Portadown Hotel and was on his way home, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

Wilson blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.143, Sgt Robinson said.

He had then failed to appear in court on the matter on April 12 but pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared before the court this week.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was not mandatory to disqualify Wilson's driver's licence because he was on a bicycle but at that time of night motorists would have had difficulty seeing him and it could have put other road users at risk.

Mr Carroll fined him $600 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining driver's licence for two months.



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