Drunk on roadway

A GYMPIE man pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday to breaching a court order and obstructing police on December 28.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court Haydon James Meehan, 19, of Old Maryborough Rd, had obstructed the police by standing in the middle of a road and drinking, and that he was "intoxicated" when they arrived.

Snr Const Manns said Meehan had broken free from the police and had to be restrained again.

They later handcuffed him and took him to the Gympie police station.

Matthew Post, legal representative for Meehan, said while his client's actions were "serious", they had been at the "lower end of the spectrum".

He said his client had "toned down his drinking" and "he ran instinctively" from the police.

"I hope you finally learnt to pull your head in," Magistrate John Parker told Meehan.

"You are going to have a family and you have to be responsible and conduct yourself like a decent citizen.

"If you carry on like this you will get more and more convictions and end up in jail."

Meehan was fined $500 for the two offences.

Gympie Times


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