POLICE caught a Heathcote man riding a motorbike without a licence because he dumped it after colliding with a kangaroo, a court has heard.
Victor Dulevskis appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving.
The court heard on the afternoon October 14 last year, Dulevskis was riding a motorbike in a court in Heathcote.
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He lost control of the bike and crashed, damaging the bike and injuring himself.
The court heard Dulevskis left the damaged motorbike on the side of the road where police found it the next day.
Officers went to Dulevskis' address where he admitted to owning and riding the motorbike despite never holding a licence.
Dulevskis, who represented himself in court, told the magistrate he had been driving about 40km/h when he collided with a kangaroo.
Dulevskis said he had to spend four days in hospital for broken bones and other injuries. He said he felt "lucky to be alive".
The Heathcote resident told the court he was in the process of getting his learner's permit.
Magistrate Megan Aumair said while she took into account Dulevskis' injuries, he needed to get his licence if he was planning to keep the motorbike.
Dulevskis was convicted and fined $300.
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