Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Drunk Mower Rider Banned from Driving; Joyrider Father of Six Embarrassed by Actions in Tavern Car Park

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Drunk Mower Rider Banned from Driving; Joyrider Father of Six Embarrassed by Actions in Tavern Car Park

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Byline: KATE LEMMON kate.lemmon@qt.com.au

A DRUNKEN joyride on a ride-on mower around an Ipswich tavern car park has earned a man a six-month driving ban.

Douglas Cavanagh, 52, drove his mower from Cascade St, Raceview, to Brothers Leagues Club after having a few drinks at home.

After a few more at the club, Cavanagh got back on his mower and rode around the car park, showing off in front of onlookers.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Cavanagh attempted to ride the mower into the club before being told to leave by security.

He weaved in and out of the taxi rank about midnight on March 31.

He then embarked on the journey home, which was about 700m away.

On his way he stopped for aa breathera and fell asleep at the wheel, before he was caught by police.

When breath tested he blew 0.188 a almost four times the legal limit.

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said in Cavanagh's mindset, after a few drinks, he wasn't technically drink driving because he was behind the wheel of a mower, not a car. …

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