News

Man caught drink driving while saving woman from attack

Clinton Christison yesterday.
Clinton Christison yesterday.

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."

Topics:  court drink driving editors picks



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Rio Tinto throws in $6m for Glastone

HELPING HAND: Damian Morgan, Tina Zawila and Kylie Devine are part of the Here for Business program supported by the Rio Tinto Community Fund.

MINING GIANT throws in a whopping sum for Gladstone locals.

He 'snapped' when his pregnant partner refused sex

Domestic violence and assault is one are of law which the Murwillumbah Local Court deals with.

MAN threatened to kill himself in front of their kids.

Pay rise for Gladstone mayor, councillors

Mayor Matt Burnett.

GLADSTONE'S LEADERS will enjoy watching their pay rise soon.

Local Partners

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Star Wars spin off gets green light grom Lucas

Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen star in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Lucas said to have enjoyed the latest Star Wars spin-off

BOOK REVIEW: The Mask of Command

This narrative from Anicent Rome has it all

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!