Spitter regrets action
IT was a series of unfortunate events caused by a moment of irrationality that ended in probation and parole for Rainbow Beach woman Kristy Joan Yallowley.
Charged with two counts of serious assault against police and one count of obstructing an officer, Yallowley, 39, admitted in Gympie Magistrates Court if she wasn’t drunk in her car on February 8, none of it would have happened.
Yallowley pleaded guilty earlier in March for failing to provide a breath specimen and for driving under the influence on that day. She was fined $2000 and lost her licence for 10 months. Yallowley returned to court this month to deal with the serious assault and obstruct offences that police said was caused by her initial refusal to be breathalysed and resistance of arrest.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said when Tin Can Bay police came across Yallowley she was burning incense in her car parked on Inskip Point Road. An officer said she had an open bottle of rum and when he approached her, she poked him with the incense.
The court heard the officer put Yallowley into a restraining hold and they both fell onto the police car, smashing Yallowley’s head on the bullbar and the bottle of rum. She was knocked unconscious and when she came to, she was very aggressive and had to be put in the back of a police car to wait for ambulance to arrive. While being placed in the ambulance, Yallowley spat at the police officer’s face and then again at a paramedic treating her on the way to Gympie Hospital.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she was spitting in the face of authority and that the law considered a jail term the only penalty for serious assault against police. She sentenced her to two months jail with immediate parole and placed her on probation for 12 months.