A man caught riding erratically and almost lost control of his motorcycle was banned from the roads for 18 months after he admitted being more than double the legal alcohol limit.

Elijah Simmons, 29, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court yesterday to drink-driving. Magistrate Maxanne Anderson fined Simmons $1,500 and banned him from the roads for 18 months.

She ordered him to pay the fine by November 9.

The court heard that Simmons, from Pembroke, had overtaken a police car on his motorcycle on August 21 and ran through a red light as he rode 3ast on Front Street in Hamilton.

The police car followed him through East Broadway and onto The Lane in Paget, where they stopped him after he almost lost control of his motorcycle.

Officers warned him of his driving and asked if he had been drinking. Simmons said: “I was on a party cruise. I had two shots hours ago.”

Police arrested Simmons on suspicion of drink-driving and took him to Hamilton Police Station where they demanded a sample of breath for analysis.

The breath test showed that Simmons had 167.9 milligram of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg/100ml.

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