Bloodied man tries to take car from site

COVERED in blood and missing part of an ear, a Back Plains man was busy trying to remove his damaged car from the roadside when the police arrived.

When they offered, the man declined their help - but that could have just been the grog talking.

Officers ascertained the unlicensed driver had crashed his car through a fence, injuring himself and causing major damage to the car - while more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

The Warwick Magistrates Court last week heard Clifton police attended the crash, just outside Allora, about 4pm on February 1.

They found John Wayne Burrows atop his tractor, trying to recover the damaged vehicle.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said officers attempted to speak to the 43-year-old, but he told them to "go away", as he was on private property.

The court heard that was not the case and Burrows had been driving on the road, on his way to check animal troughs.

Defence solicitor Ian Stacy said his client had no real reason to drive on the road, as he could have made the journey on private property.

Burrows was breathalysed and returned a reading of 0.208.

Mr Stacy conceded his client was unlicensed and said despite being eligible to reapply back in 2010, Burrows had not bothered.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said Burrows' lack of history was his saving grace.

"Anything more recent and, dead set, he would have done jail today," he said.

Burrows was fined $2600 and disqualified from driving for four years.

He can apply to have his licence reinstated after two years.



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