Man caught drink driving while saving woman from attack
BIG-hearted Clinton Christison held off a drunken angry man in a bathroom to allow a frightened woman to flee the man's Gladstone house before driving her to safety at a shopping car park.
While calming the distressed woman in a parked Toyota Landcruiser they were cold so he turned on the engine for the heater, the headlights also flicking on and alerting the curiosity of passing police.
Officers' breathalysed Christison who tested positive to alcohol.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to being in charge of a motor vehicle at Kirkwood Rd with an alcohol reading of .125 on June 25.
However, he explained the sequence of events that led police to charge him after coming across him and the woman in the carpark at 10pm that night.
Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said he understood the offender, Christison, was a successful businessman who had received just one previous traffic ticket.
Undertaking his own defence, a nervous Christison explained that night's events to magistrate Penelope Hay, saying he had lost 70kg of weight in 12 months and alcohol now affected his body much more than it had.
He handed up to the court a photo that depicts his obesity from a year ago to compare with how he now looked after shredding the kilos.
"I had gastric sleeve surgery," Christison said.
"I do a lot in my community and I think I'm usually a pretty good guy.
"I was fleeing a domestic violence situation. I was with a lady and I did this because she would have gotten hurt.
"I was trying to protect her. There was no hanky-panky going on in the car park."
Christison said although he was blowing-off a bit of steam that night by drinking, he had not meant to drink excessively.
He only drove because of the troubling situation he and the woman, who he had not known, found themselves in.
She had been a friend of the man who had become violent.
Magistrate Penelope Hay said he had been very frank with the court and noted his previous good record, saying the offence was out of character and happened in unusual circumstances.
She told him there had been other options such as calling police or running from the house with the lady. Christison was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for three months.
"I had to fight him, restrain him and hold him back that night," he said outside court.
"The guy was well built, stacked. She was in real danger of being physically hurt."