Kerri Moore

Drunk cyclist with no helmet sent to jail

WHEN Peter Amber set off to a party on a friend's bicycle, he didn't expect to be sent to jail this morning.

Amber was nabbed by police on Denham Street at 7.10pm on September 24 after spending the afternoon drinking "an unknown quantity" of wine with a friend.

He borrowed his friend's bike and pedalled off without a helmet before police caught him and he recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.173%.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court the 21-year-old was unhappy about being arrested, so tensed up his arms and dropped his body to the ground when being escorted across Denham Street by police before yelling and swearing.

Amber pleaded guilty to five charges including failing to appear on bail conditions, drink driving, failing to wear a helmet, public nuisance and obstructing a police officer in their duties.

"He was drinking with friends and borrowed a friends bicycle to go to another party," defence lawyer Shayne Studdert said.

Magistrate Press said Amber's sentence was imposed as deterrence.

Amber was fined a total of $1010 and sentenced to three months in prison with immediate parole eligibility.



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