Man who went on drunken scooter ride cops $2800 fine

A MARYBOROUGH man who drove a motorised scooter while almost three times over the legal alcohol limit has copped a $2800 fine.

Police stopped Matthew Kevin Gillen, 23, about 10pm on August 17 as he rode down Ferry St on the scooter.

He fronted Maryborough Magistrates Court last week charged with drink-driving, driving while disqualified, driving unregistered and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said Gillen told police he had recently bought the unregistered scooter from a friend.

She said a breath test performed by the officers showed his blood alcohol content was .144% and added his licence had been suspended by a court order earlier this year.

In the separate court appearance in April, Gillen's licence was suspended for 11 months after he pleaded guilty to driving into floodwaters on Mary St during the February floods.

He had to be rescued by swift water rescue crew after several hours stranded on the roof of his car.

After being rescued, Gillen returned a blood alcohol content of 0.128%.

Defence lawyer Tammy Dodd said the Gillen was remorseful for his actions on August 17.

She said the scooter had a motor similar to a whipper-snipper motor attached.

Magistrate Graham Hillan disqualified Gillen from holding a driver's licence for another two years.

He fined Gillen $350 for driving unregistered, $350 for driving uninsured, $1100 for drink-driving and $1000 for driving uninsured.

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