Excuses. We hear them all the time. People who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol quite often come up with reasons why they had to do it:
- “It’s only a short drive home”
- “I can handle my liquor.”
- “My wife/husband/son/daughter/roommate needs the car in the morning.”
- “I’ve always made it home.”
- “It was just beer.”
- “I didn’t have money for a taxi.”
- “I’m less drunk than my friends in the back.”
- “My cows were running away.”
An Alberta farmer had finished a hard 20-hour day of harvesting, and then drank a few beers and went to bed. He was awakened by the sound of his cattle, which were on the loose.
He told the court that he had to round them up, which meant getting into his semi-trailer and chasing them up. His reasoning: A 2000-pound cow is a dangerous road obstacle. If a motorist hit one of the them, it would be like “hitting a wall.”
The judge was not impressed – the defendant was convicted of drunk driving – but the defence is filing an appeal, stating that the farmer risked his own liberty in order to prevent a road accident.
What do you think? Is herding stray cattle from the highways at night a good enough reason to get into a vehicle when impaired?
If so, that’s about the first one we’ve heard.