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Public nuisance charge follows drinks with friend

A FEW drinks at a friend's place escalated into an arrest, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Felecity Yvonne Atkinson pleaded guilty to one charge of public nuisance, after an early morning, suburban disturbance.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mick O'Rourke told the court that police had been called to a Clinton St house at 3am on May 24 after residents complained about loud yelling in the street.

Duty lawyer Megan Creaser said her client had gone to a friend's house for a few drinks, but soon found herself in the middle of a fight between her friend and another man.

Ms Creaser argued her client had been trying to break the fight up, hence her agitation when police arrived at the scene.

Magistrate Penelope Hay was blunt in her summary.

"I don't accept that you're not responsible for your own conduct," she said.

Atkinson was convicted and fined $350, with the conviction recorded.

Topics:  alcohol, drunk, gladstone magistrates court, public nuisance




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