Mandurah: motorcyclist who diced with traffic after taking drugs sentenced to 12-month intensive supervision order

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A MOTORCYCLIST who rode erratically into oncoming traffic after drinking “an unknown substance from a bottle” will complete a 12-month intensive supervision order.

Based on a “positive” pre-sentence report and Jordan’s desire to live a “pro-social” life, Magistrate Anne Longden also sentenced Lee Wayne Jordan with an 18-month disqualification of his drivers licence, a $2000 fine and 80 hours of community work.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in February to a string of offences including possessing a glass smoking pipe with a meth substance, driving with prescribed illicit drugs, driving while impaired by drugs, possessing meth and dangerous driving.

Jordan’s charges were previously adjourned to allow Ms Longden to order a pre-sentence report and to view footage of his erratic driving before sentencing in Mandurah Magistrates Court last Friday

“The footage showed you driving erratic, around curbs, bends and on to traffic,” Ms Longden said.

“You were impaired by drugs and you say you drank from a bottle not knowing what was inside.”

In February, police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said Jordan was seen by bystanders riding erratically on his Harley Davidson motorbike along Old Coast Road on May 16, 2017.

Constable Fallows said bystanders filmed the incident where Jordan swerved into oncoming lanes, crossing double white lines in an 80-100km/h area.

Motorists had to avoid colliding with Jordan’s bike, but the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder towing a caravan wasn’t so lucky.

Constable Fallows said Jordan hit the vehicle’s wing mirror and the caravan causing him to be flung off his bike on to the road.

Police said the footage also showed the diesel mechanic earlier escaping near misses with signposts and lane marker pegs.

Jordan was airlifted by the RAC helicopter to hospital and treated for head injuries.

A blood test found a mix of meth, amphetamine and morphine in his system.

Police said prior to Jordan being airlifted, paramedics at the scene also found a sunglasses case in his pants containing 5g of meth.

Five months later, on October 9, police again stopped Jordan in Golden Bay driving while on meth and in possession of a smoking pipe with meth.

Defence lawyer Malcolm Ayoub said Jordan had consumed an unknown substance from a bottle which he believed led to his dangerous driving.

“He’s lucky to be alive and so is everyone else that day – he has a bad record driving with drugs,” Ms Longden said.

Mr Ayoub agreed the footage showed Jordan riding unsafely but claimed the rider had been unwittingly affected.

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