A Berkeley man who did a burnout on his motorcycle while four times over the legal alcohol limit and only 50 metres from a police station has been ordered to pay $2500.
Eli Jacob Archibald, 33, fronted Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of high-range drink driving.
Magistrate Darryl Pearce labelled Archibald's actions as a "brazen maniacal piece of driving".
"It was idiotic behaviour in an area where members of the public and cars traverse," he said.
"I appreciate that if you had been sober you would not have done it.
"I'm minded to send you straight to jail given the high range.
"If you had hit someone you would have been going to jail for three or four years and especially if you had killed someone."
Documents tendered to court said Archibald was drinking at Banjo Paterson Inn in Jindabyne on December 5 from 5pm.
At about 10.30pm, Archibald walked out to his black Harley Davidson motorcycle that was parked in the inn's car park, located about 50 metres from Jindabyne Police Station.
Archibald got on the bike and began revving the engine before he drove onto Kosciuszko Road and stopped in front of the outdoor beer garden.
He did a burnout, that caused smoke and the wheels to lose traction.
He rode past the police station and parked his motorcycle back in the car park of the inn.
Police officers, who were at the police station at the time, heard the bike and walked outside to investigate.
Inn staff, patrons and an off duty police officer called the station to report the burnout.
Police saw Archibald ride past the station and into the car park before getting off the bike.
Police officers approached Archibald and noticed he was under the influence of alcohol as he was unsteady, slurring his words and had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
He was escorted to the police station and breath tested, returning a reading of 0.205, four times the legal alcohol limit for driving.
Archibald told officers he drank eight 375mL stubbies of full strength Carlton Super Dry beer between 12.30pm and 10pm.
Police also got CCTV from the inn which showed the burnout.
In court on Tuesday, Archibald's lawyer Peter Robinson said his client was "dared" to get on the bike by his friends and it was a "spur of the moment decision".
"The incident lasted only 40 seconds," he said. "He parked the motorcycle and there was no damage or injury.
"Other than that moment of stupidity, he has not come to the attention of police."
Mr Robinson also said Archibald needed his licence to attend his work as a scaffolder.
Magistrate Pearce noted Archibald was a "decent person" with a good driving record.
He imposed a $2500, disqualified him from driving for nine months, placed him on a 12-month community corrections order and Archibald will have an interlock device fitted to his car for 24 months.
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