Drunken pushie rider only made it 200m before he passed out

GRAEME William Francis Barber thought he was doing the right thing when he tried to ride his bicycle home after consuming 10 full-strength beers at the Andergrove Tavern.

He was heavily intoxicated and fell asleep on the side of the road, 200m from the tavern, on September 22.

When police arrived Barber was breath-tested and blew 0.203%. He was charged with attempting to put the bike in motion while under the influence. He pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

His defence lawyer said the incident occurred the day after Barber's birthday and he didn't remember much after he fell asleep.

She said he didn't want to leave the bike at the tavern and hadn't consumed much food that day.

Barber had previously been before the court for alcohol-related offences and had been put into treatment programs, the court heard.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Barber had shown an "ambivalent attitude towards treatment" for his problem with alcohol.

"He's just lucky it's not a serious charge, in the scheme of things."

Mr Dwyer said Barber must have treated the previous programs he was sent to "as a joke".

"You're a nuisance to yourself," he said.

Barber was fined a total of $1000.


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