SECURED: Lance Howard drove a quad bike under the influence of alcohol to patch up a fence after a car crashed through it.
SECURED: Lance Howard drove a quad bike under the influence of alcohol to patch up a fence after a car crashed through it. Anne Dickey

Man rides quad bike to fix fence, done for drink driving

LANCE Howard was having a couple of quiet drinks with friends and family on his Deuchar property when suddenly a car smashed through his front fence.

The group were mourning the loss of Howard's mother-in-law and then had to try and save the lives of the people in the car, his lawyer Bonnie O'Brien said at Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday.

Howard and a couple of his friends performed first aid on the occupants of the vehicle until emergency services arrived.

Ms O'Brien said Howard then became concerned for his livestock escaping through hole in the fence and injuring other drivers.

He reportedly approached police to ask whether something to be done.

But Ms O'Brien said when no action was taken, he jumped on his quad bike to fetch the fencing materials himself.

Howard was caught for drink driving on the front paddock of his property and yesterday pleaded guilty.

"It's certainly a circumstance whereby the risk that would usually be posed to others would not apply here,” Ms O'Brien said.

Ms O'Brien said the circumstances greatly reduced the severity of the offence, as Howard did not drive on the road when he was caught last September.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said he had not come across a drink driving charge like it.

"Looking at his point of view too, with livestock and getting out on the road what he perceived as an emergency to get the fence organised,” he said.

Mr Manthey handed Howard a $900 fine and disqualified him from driving for nine months.



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