Jail over Merbein motorbike crash

A MOTORBIKE crash, which seriously injured a woman in Merbein, has led to a man being jailed for two months.

Richard Hagen faced charges including driving unlicensed, driving unregistered, breaching bail conditions and possessing a drug of dependence when he appeared in the custody dock at Mildura Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

On May 31 this year, Hagen and a passenger were riding his motorbike along Main Avenue in Merbein when it collided with a turning vehicle.

The impact caused the pair to fall off the bike, which landed on top of the woman causing her serious injuries.

A driver who witnessed the crash stopped to help move the bike off the woman while her helmet and teeth lay on the ground next to her.

The woman was flown to Melbourne for treatment.

At the time, Hagen was riding unlicensed after being disqualified in May last year, his motorbike’s registration had expired and he was on bail, which included a condition he not ride a motorbike in Victoria.

In a separate incident he was pulled over by police on the Calder Highway at Underbool while driving unlicensed and unregistered, and gave police a false name. 

Hagen was arrested on June 7 this year for outstanding violence matters,  and during a search, a bag of the drug ice, fell from his pocket.

In his self-represented guilty plea, he said he knew he should not have been riding at the time of the crash, but “had a bee in my bonnet” about how he lost his licence.

The court was told the collision was not Hagen’s fault.

Magistrate Andrew McKenna said he could not ignore Hagen’s 14 prior offences for driving while disqualified but had taken into consideration the injuries he had suffered as a result of the crash.

He was sentenced to two months’ jail and fined $750 with conviction.

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