Bradley Mark Marlin copped a fine and disqualification after pleading guilty to drug driving.
Bradley Mark Marlin copped a fine and disqualification after pleading guilty to drug driving.

Drug rider’s false number plate a red flag for cops

A trail bike rider attracted attention for all the wrong reasons with a false number plate bearing the letters, ICU.

And vigilant police did see him.

When police officers on patrol noticed the registration an immediate check was done that confirmed it was not a genuine registration plate.

Ipswich Magistrates Court this week heard the rider, Bradley Marlin was stopped and spoken to, and later charged with riding while drug positive.

Bradley Mark Marlin, 35, from Augustine Heights, pleaded guilty to driving when drug positive at Collingwood Park on July 3 last year; and failing to appear in court on January 27.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said it was 8.40pm when police saw an orange KTM motorbike.

Bradley Mark Marlin leaves court after pleading guilty to drug driving.
Bradley Mark Marlin leaves court after pleading guilty to drug driving.

 

A quick check of the 'ICU' plate led them to pull Marlin over and drug test him.

His saliva sample later tested positive to both cannabis and methylamphetamine.

Defence lawyer Matt Gemmell said Marlin was unemployed and homeless at the time of the offence.

He said police also seized his mobile phone as part of an investigation, and he was charged with other offences that are yet to go before the court.

Mr Gemmell said Marlin had no criminal history.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess fined Marlin $500 and disqualified him from driving for one month. No conviction was recorded.

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