Nude rider caught and fined
THE nude, rude motorcycle dude and other tales from the Yeppoon court room.
The theme of the day in court yesterday was the things people do while naked – and then get busted by police and appear red-faced months later in front of a stern magistrate.
Charles Edward Felsman fronted the court for driving-related charges, from riding a motorcycle through the Yeppoon CBD on New Year's Eve.
At 10.40pm on December 31 police received complaints about a naked man riding a motorbike above the speed limit.
Police prosecutor Barbara Barton told the Yeppoon Magistrates Court yesterday police attempted to stop Felsman, but he'd failed to stop, and they found him a while later naked and “lying in a pool of blood” in a gutter in Hughes St.
Ms Barton said Felsman had serious leg injuries and cuts and abrasions – and also wasn't wearing a helmet.
He was breath-tested and recorded a reading of 0.213. Duty lawyer Anne Knight said Felsman was wearing shorts, but they were torn off during the accident.
She said he's had quite a few drinks and was extremely depressed, and was taking a high dosage of anti- depressants.
Felsman was convicted and fined $400 for driving while uninsured, unregistered and not wearing a helmet.
He was also fined $900 and disqualified from driving for 18 months for the drink-driving charge, and placed on 12 months probation to attend the Under the Limit drink driving program.
Meanwhile, in a different case, David Glydnwr Stokes was naked and performing an indecent act on the bank of a Yeppoon creek on February 19 when he was caught by a man who was using the nearby boat ramp.
Stokes yesterday pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act in a public place.
Police prosecutor Ms Barton said the man contacted police and was quite concerned his 12-year-old son had witnessed the act.
She said Stokes admitted to driving to the area and thought it was secluded. When he was seen by the man, he got into his vehicle.
Representing Stokes, Ms Knight said he had chosen quite an out-of-the-way place and never saw the child. She said he had no intention to harm others. He was fined $500 with no conviction recorded.
In another case, police were told three men were naked, drunk and picking fights on Yeppoon Main Beach on March 2.
Ms Barton said they later located Ryan Edward Baker who they believed was naked on the beach with the other males.
She said he could barely stand up and told them another man was out to get him.
Ms Knight, also represented Barker, said he was extremely intoxicated and disagreed that he took his clothes off, as police may have confused him with one of the other men.
She said he was seeking help for his alcohol problems.
He was fined $450.