Nowra man disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $2100 for postie bike chase

A 28-year-old Nowra man who led police on a short chase on a postie bike has escaped a jail term but has been disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined more than $2000.

Sean Kenneth O’Brien pleaded guilty to driving in a manner dangerous, using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, riding without a helmet, being unlicensed, riding through a red light and driving under the influence.

A further charge of police pursuit was withdrawn and dismissed.

The court heard O’Brien was spotted by police on January 26 last year around 11.20pm riding the unregistered Honda motorbike, without a helmet, in a northerly direction on the footpath next to the Princes Highway at Nowra.

Court documents said, despite police activating lights and sirens, O’Brien made a sharp turn into the Ultra Tune centre in East Street, before turning into the Autobarn car park off Haigh Avenue.

He then turned onto Haigh Avenue and into Plunkett Street before travelling through a red light at the intersection with the Princes Highway before entering his home a short distance away in East Street, where he dumped the bike at the rear door of the property.

Police found him in a bathroom inside the home.

O’Brien allegedly admitted to police he had been drinking since 2.30pm and had not eaten any food.

Police said his pupils were dilated, he was aggressive towards officers, was disheveled and had a strong smell of alcohol.

Police documents stated he was not able to sit upright in the back of the police vehicle and vomited while in custody.

In Nowra Local Court on Tuesday, Magistrate Gabriel Fleming placed him on a nine-month suspended sentence, disqualified him from driving for 12 months and fined him $2196.