Crashing hoon hid in his backyard

A DRUNK St Leonards motorcyclist who performed a 30-second burnout in front of his neighbours before crashing in to a pole was found hiding by police in his backyard.

Luke Kenneth Hill, 24, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to drink- driving and hooning.

On December 15 about 9.30pm Hill jumped on his Harley Davidson and began a burnout in Lewis Street.

The noise prompted residents to walk outside their homes.

Police prosecutor Konrad Plachta said Hill's burnout filled the street with smoke.

Hill then took off, losing balance, and crashed into a power pole.

Police attended his home and found him in the backyard smelling of liquor.

He was taken to Launceston police headquarters where he recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.159.

Lawyer Adrian Hall said Hill had caused about $1000 damage.

Magistrate Reg Marron said hooning was something the community "really really hates".

Hill also pleaded guilty to driving unlicensed in a separate incident.

Mr Marron barred him from driving for a year and fined him $850.

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