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No jail for crash rider with 0.232 alcohol reading

THE lasting consequences of Mark Allan Davies' drunken motorcycle crash helped to keep him from prison when he was sentenced in Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

He relied on crutches to support him on Tuesday, more than eight months after he was seriously injured on a busy Maroochydore thoroughfare.

Witnesses reported seeing him riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle about 70kmh to 80kmh when he failed to negotiate a bend in Bradman Ave about 4.15pm on February 7.

Emergency services attend to a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Bradman Ave on February 7, 2016.
Emergency services attend to a crash between a motorcycle and a car on Bradman Ave on February 7, 2016. Roxanne McCarty-O'Kane

The area is restricted to 60kmh.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Amanda Brewer said his bike crossed on the wrong side of the road a crashed into a sedan coming from the opposite direction.

Davies was seriously injured but the occupants of the sedan were not.

Blood taken from Davies was found to have an alcohol content of 0.232.

Defence solicitor Rachel Kramer said her client had been drinking at the Maroochy Bridge Hotel in Denna St before deciding to drive a short distance to his home.

Ms Kramer said Davies suffered fractures to bones in a number of places, including to his spine and ribs.

Mark Allan Davies, 47, leaves Maroochydore Court House after being sentenced for dangerous operation of a motorcycle while adversely affected by alcohol.
Mark Allan Davies, 47, leaves Maroochydore Court House after being sentenced for dangerous operation of a motorcycle while adversely affected by alcohol. Stuart Cumming

He was in hospital for at least a month and had multiple surgical procedures.

"His health issues are ongoing and have long-term implications," Ms Kramer said.

"He is still struggling to walk.

"He has already suffered considerably as a result of his actions."

The court heard it was unlikely Davies would be able to return to work in the truck driving role he held for 20 years before the crash.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy noted Davies had engaged in alcohol counselling since the crash and had cooperated with investigating police officers.

Ms Hennessy also noted the severity of Davies' injuries and took them into account when determining his sentence.

Davies was sentenced to 12 months in jail, immediately suspended for two years.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

Outside court he said he had learned from his experience but did not wish to share what he had learned.

Topics:  bradman ave court crash dangerous operation of a motor vehicle drink driving harley davidson injury maroochydore motorcycle sunshine coast


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