Motorbike rider fined $2000
A MOTORCYCLIST who sped past an unmarked police car then crossed double white lines to overtake a car and a bus has been fined more than $2000 and banned from driving for a year.
Paul Adrian Wells reached speeds of up to 142kmh on the Bruce Highway as he overtook the police car on July 14.
When the officers activated their sirens and lights Wells accelerated and overtook a sedan and a bus ahead of him, crossing double white lines and driving along a marked island on the road.
The 34-year-old said he “freaked out” because the car was travelling so close to him and he didn't realise it was a police vehicle.
But Magistrate John Smith didn't believe that story.
“This excuse of yours is not accepted by the court,” Mr Smith said.
“Clearly your behaviour is to be condemned.
“You are a danger to yourself and other road users.”
Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Wells should be imposed with a lengthy licence disqualification.
“Unfortunately we see a lot of motorbike riders killed on our roads,” Sgt Quirk said.
“Actions like this contribute to the road toll. He is very fortunate there was no one coming the other way.”
Mr Smith fined Wells $2050 in addition to the 12-month licence disqualification.