Drunken servo swinger lands in court

A WOMAN who swung an eftpos machine at a petrol station staff member and smashed a coffee machine while drunk faced Gympie Magistrates Court this week on seven charges.

Tammie Denise Peters, 38, of Wynnum, pleaded guilty to the late night May 12 offence, alongside a charge of damaging police property, three charges of obstructing police and two charges of public nuisance.

The court heard a Puma Petrol Station shop attendant was left visibly distressed when Peters, who was purchasing food, grabbed the eftpos machine from the counter and swung it at her by the cord.

Witnesses saw the defendant fall over in the process, but after getting up, swung the machine a second time, this time hitting a nearby coffee machine, before leaving the store.

Later a police search found the woman in the next door camping ground,

asleep in a tent with her male partner.

The court heard the pair was unco-operative when questioned by police and the male became aggressive which lead to his arrest.

As police led the man to the police car, Peters grabbed an officer's arm, creating a public nuisance while she swore and yelled at police where others were camping.

After the woman's arrest, the court heard the offender tried to break the police car's back window by kicking it forcibly.

Less than two weeks later, Peters showed similar disregard for police when she pushed and screamed at an officer who was attending a disturbance at the Gympie Caravan Park on May 26.

Peters' lawyer said his client had made the mistake of mixing alcohol and prescription medication, causing her to lose control the night she was at the petrol station.

Acting magistrate B. Barrett agreed the mixture was a "toxic combination" and said something needed to be put in place to make sure the offending ceased.

Peters was convicted and placed on six months probation for all offences and ordered to pay $1537.80 restitution for the damaged coffee machine.

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