Mandurah: prison not an option for motorcyclist involved in smash while on drugs

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A MOTORCYCLIST who is “lucky to be alive” after “horrifying” footage revealed him riding erratically into oncoming traffic while on drugs is set to escape a prison sentence.

Lee Wayne Jordan (47) pleaded guilty 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 is set to reappear in Mandurah Magistrates Court on February 27 for sentencing after Magistrate Anne Longden has viewed the footage, but she’s already indicated prison would not be an option.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows told court Jordan was seen by bystanders riding erratically on his Harley Davidson motorbike along Old Coast Road on May 16 last year.

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

“He’s (Jordan) lucky to be alive,” Constable Fallows said.

Ms Longden replied: “He’s lucky he’s only been charged with dangerous driving”.

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.

“You can see his feet are hanging off the bike, it’s a man who doesn’t know where he’s at,” Mr Ayoub said.

“He goes on the side of the curb and goes off back on the road – absurd, horrifying, it’s like a rollercoaster.

“He’s the only one at stake when he’s driving.”

Mr Ayoub said Jordan was a father, had been to jail in the past, stayed drug-free for three years after his release and had suffered a relapse with the recent charges.

Jordan has paid $12,000 of the owing $19,000 for damages to the caravan.

Ms Longden said she was “surprised” imprisonment was not an available penalty for the offences.

“I do want to send him (Jordan) to jail but I can’t,” she said.

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