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Drunken man throws 'broken' e-scooter into Launceston's North Esk River after phone dies

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Drunken man throws e-scooter into river. Image / Pulse

A man who drunkenly threw a Beam e-scooter off a bridge and into a Launceston river has admitted to making an ‘expensive mistake’.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to destroying the purple scooter on October 12, 2023.


As reported by The Examiner, the man was riding the scooter around the city centre when his authorised hire period ended.

Frustrated by the situation, he moved the scooter from the Esplanade to the Charles Street Bridge and threw it into the North Esk River.

He then deleted his Beam account, leaving the scooter under the bridge and buried in mud.

The man was riding the Beam E-scooter. Image / Pulse

In a subsequent police interview, the man explained that his anger stemmed from his phone dying, which caused the scooter to stop working.

The court has ordered the man to pay $1,000 in compensation for the scooter and $500 for the battery.

The order was made without conviction, on the condition that he maintains good behaviour for twelve months.


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