A Golden Bay resident appeared in court after police received “horrifying footage” of the man driving a motorbike on drugs through Herron, that ended in a week-long hospital stint.
Lee Wayne Jordan pleaded guilty to driving on drugs, dangerous driving and possessing drug paraphernalia when he appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates court on Tuesday.
Prosecuting sergeant Mick Fallows told the court the father-of-one was filmed by bystanders driving his motorbike erratically on Old Coast Highway on May 16, 2017.
Bystanders captured the diesel mechanic swerving to the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing oncoming traffic and sign posts, he said.
The eight-minute saga resulted in Jordan coming off his bike after colliding with a caravan side-mirror, causing $19,000 damage to the vehicle.
He was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries and was found with five-grams of methamphetamine in his pants.
Mr Fallows said Jordan was charged two-weeks prior to the incident for driving on a concoction of drugs including methamphetamine, amphetamine and morphine, on May 6, 2017.
He tested positive again to methamphetamine after police stopped him for an oral fluid test driving a Holden Commodore Sedan on October 9, 2017 in Golden Bay.
Defence lawyer Malcolm Ayoub told the court that Jordan had visited his ex-partner’s house prior to the Herron driving-spree and drank an unknown substance, which Jordan believed was the reason for his erratic driving.
Mr Ayoub said Jordan had stayed “clean” for three-years since he was released from jail, and had relapsed prior to the charges last year.
He said the “horrifying footage” showed that Jordan was not in control, indicating that the substance he drank earlier unknowingly had affected him.
Jordan was paying damages to the caravan owner, with only $7000 left owing, Mr Ayoub said.
“He is lucky to be alive,” Mr Ayoub said, before Magistrate Anne Longden interjected and said: “so is everyone else on the road that day”.
Magistrate Anne Longden told the court imprisonment was “surprisingly” not an available sentencing option for any of the offences, given the seriousness of the offending.
Jordan’s sentence will be handed down on February 27, 2018 in the Mandurah Magistrates Court after Ms Longden has watched the driving footage.