‘I don’t want to go to jail': Drunk cyclist wants to change
A "drunk-as-drunk" cyclist with nine pages of criminal history and a problem with alcohol will be starting a program to turn his life around, a court heard.
Elton Myers pleaded guilty in the Caloundra Magistrates Court to driving a vehicle other than a motor vehicle while under the influence.
"I don't want to go to jail," he told magistrate Stephanie Tonkin.
The court heard Myers was on parole for other offences.
Police prosecutor Mark Burrell told the court police noticed a cyclist riding without a helmet on Bowman Rd, Caloundra on April 11 at 9.25pm.
"Police followed the defendant who rode his bike into a driveway," he said.
"The defendant looked back at police and continued riding through the complex."
The court heard Myers eventually stopped riding and was intercepted by police.
"Police observed the defendant to be unsteady on his feet and at times could not stand still," Senior Constable Burrell said.
"The defendant admitted to consuming an unknown quantity of liquor."
The court heard Myers was transported to Caloundra police station, where he returned a reading of 0.149BAC.
Ms Tonkin was not impressed that Myers had nine pages of criminal history, with six pages being traffic offences.
She said Myers would be the perfect candidate for the Time for Change program.
"I'm getting the strong impression that alcohol might just be a bit of a problem," Ms Tonkin said.
"It is, your Honour," Myers replied.
Myers was self-represented and told the court he was a painter and had been working on getting sober.
"They'd probably be rather keen if you're sober," Ms Tonkin said.
"You're going to cost them a lot in worker's comp if you're falling off the planks and making claims.
"This is your perfect opportunity to start to manage the grog better so the grog's not managing you."
Ms Tonkin said Myers would have been very dangerous on the bicycle that night.
"No lights, no helmet, drunk as drunk - very dangerous," she said.
"Here's a chance for you to something about it."
Myers said he would be interested in starting the Time For Change program.
His charges were adjourned to it's completion.