Rider lives to front court

RIDING his motorbike while drunk – and without a helmet – almost cost Brady James Anderson his life.

The 22-year-old Maryborough man faced the city’s magistrates court to answer to a charge of drink-driving.

“He’s very lucky to be able to appear in court today, given the injuries he sustained,” solicitor Aaron Suthers said.

Anderson crashed his motorbike into a street sign at Tinana after rounding the corner of Tulipwood Drive in the early hours of October 18.

He had given his helmet to his female pillion passenger, who escaped the crash uninjured despite being thrown off the motorbike.

Anderson was not so fortunate.

He suffered major head injuries and spent weeks in a coma.

After months of rehabilitation for an acquired brain injury, Anderson can now work again as a plumber.

But he won’t be driving to work.

Anderson pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to drink-driving and was banned from getting behind the wheel for the next five months.

He was also fined $500.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Anderson was initially taken to Maryborough Hospital where blood samples were taken.

The samples showed his alcohol concentration was .112.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring said Anderson’s decision to drive drunk and without a helmet was foolish.

“In your case, it’s cost you a lot,” Mr Lavaring said.

“That’s the risk you take.

“I imagine you will never do it again.”

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