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'Doughnuts' after morning cocktail

A TOOWOOMBA man who swapped his morning coffee for a cocktail of cheap wine and rum was caught riding a motorcycle more than five times the legal limit.

Robbie Peter Doidge, 28, woke up with a hangover on the morning of March 16 and drank two coffee cups full of a wine and rum mixture.

He jumped on a dirt bike and was riding around the yard of his Archibald St residence, doing "doughnuts" and "showing off to his mates".

Neighbours phoned police at 8.50am and officers arrived at the home seven minutes later.

Prosecutor Sergeant Alison McKee said Doidge greeted police at the front door. He had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Officers noticed the black dirt bike and fresh tyre tracks in the yard.

He recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.256% - more than five times the legal limit.

Doidge represented himself in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

He admitted it was "stupid", but said he did not ride the motorcycle outside the yard.

Magistrate Damian Carroll reminded Doidge police could pick up drink-drivers "anywhere, anytime".

Doidge was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months. When his disqualification period ends, he must have an alcohol lock device fitted to his vehicle.

Topics:  motorcycle traffic offence


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