Man fined for drinking on road

A TAMAREE man who walked out to the middle of the road in front of a police car at 4am said he wanted officers to give him a lift home.

When refused, Matthew James Hunter, 26, told police officers they were there to protect and serve so “give me a lift home”.

Hunter was told to move off the road but he refused and was arrested and charged for committing a public nuisance on April 11.

The matter was dealt with in his absence in Gympie Magistrates Court and Hunter, of Allarado Place, was fined $200 with no conviction recorded.

A Urangan man who struggled violently with Kilkivan police when they caught him drinking alcohol in the middle of the road was fined $450 after appearing in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Jack Norton Crane was walking with a friend about 1am on March 28, when police stopped them.

Crane was drinking from a small bottle of wine and when police asked for his details he refused.

When an officer grabbed his arm, he struggled violently and pulled away.

Crane was taken to the Gympie police station and charged with obstructing police, consuming liquor on a road and contravening a direction.

He told the court he thought he and his friend were doing the right thing by not driving, so he became frustrated when police questioned them.

“We were pretty much in the middle of nowhere and we were just walking home instead of driving, so I was just frustrated,” he said.

Gympie Times


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