THURGOONA man James White Beaton was running his own gardening business until he suffered severe injuries when he crashed a motorcycle in May.
The crash put him in The Alfred hospital in Melbourne with eight cracked ribs on his right side, two on the left, two spinal fractures, a broken collarbone and a lacerated liver.
Beaton was heavily intoxicated and a blood sample taken at hospital provided an alcohol reading of 0.190.
He faced the prospect of jail for high-range drink-driving because of the aggravating factors with the crash.
But magistrate Tony Murray said in Albury Local Court yesterday such a penalty would be a last resort.
He ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing until September 17.
Beaton, 28, of Talgarno Court, pleaded guilty to drink-driving, unlicensed driving and using an unregistered vehicle.
He was riding a small motorbike in Feathertop Circuit at Thurgoona about 2.30am on May 11.
A witness heard a revving noise and a faint moan before seeing Beaton sitting hunched over in the gutter.
He tried three times to get back on the bike before he fell onto the roadway.
Police saw him 20 minutes later lying partially in the gutter and nature strip in a recovery position.
The bike was about 1 metre from a light pole with a lighter and packet of cigarettes about three metres away from him.
Beaton’s forehead was cut between the eyes and his left cheek was grazed.
He denied riding the bike, but later admitted riding it about an hour earlier, saying he had bought it that night.
He at first refused help from ambulance officers, but he was unable to move when he attempted to get up.
He was assisted on to a spinal board with a brace put around his neck and taken to the Albury hospital.
Mr Murray was told Beaton had suffered a brain injury, lung and liver problems and had treatment in Melbourne.
He still suffers pain and has been unable to work since.