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21 April 2010

Motorbike rider clocks 150kmh on Ipswich Motorway

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A MAN who rode his motorbike 70 kilometres over the speed limit on the Ipswich Motorway has been told to get his thrills skydiving instead.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Samuel Peter Gray was weaving through traffic without indicating on February 13 at Wacol when he overtook an unmarked police car.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said police accelerated to match Gray's speed and found he was travelling at 150kmh in an 80 zone.

Sgt Caldwell said the 41-year-old was leaning as close as possible to the ground as he weaved through traffic and even used the right-hand "break down" area to get ahead of cars.

Police officers activated emergency lights and sirens and Gray pulled over.

Gray was asked about his manner of driving to which he replied: "What was wrong with it? I thought it was pretty good."

Sgt Caldwell said Gray was asked if he thought his driving was dangerous to which he replied: "No comment" and he told police he did not know how fast he was travelling.

Gray was breathalysed but registered 0.039 – which is under the legal alcohol limit.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Gray was fined $1800 and his licence was disqualified for six months with no conviction recorded.

Sgt Caldwell said Gray had a "reasonable amount" of traffic history, mostly for speeding, and it "shows it might be a person who likes his motorbike".

"He was driving in a highly dangerous manner," Sgt Caldwell said.

Gray initially disputed that he had ridden down the right hand "break down" lane and the speed but then accepted the police version of facts.

He told the court he was extremely remorseful and was now working as a skydiving photographer in between jobs as a self-employed electrician.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Gray he was "a bit too old to be hooning around on a motorcycle, with all due respect".

"You need to get your thrills in a legal way," Ms Sturgess said.

"You're a danger to yourself – in an accident between you and a car you're going to come off second best."

Gray replied: "That's why I took up skydiving so I don't have to do it on the road."


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