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Too much 'green fairy' drove her to attack paramedic

ACCUSED of kicking an ambulance paramedic in the face, Rhama Harrison blames her problems that night on the volatile Czech Republic drink, absinthe.

"Too many shots of absinthe," the 22-year-old lamented in custody from the dock to Gladstone magistrate Mark Morrow when she went before him.

"I was drinking, blacked out. I don't remember what happened," she said.

Harrison is charged with assaulting a police constable with a punch to the jaw on September 21, and assaulting an ambulance paramedic on Boyne Island at 10.15pm on September 23.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said an ambulance was called to a home on Boyne Island and a paramedic waiting outside told police Harrison needed treatment but was in no condition to consent.

Harrison yelled obscenities, and while being restrained with handcuffs, pushed an officer who lost balance and hit the front door. While being lifted on a stretcher into the ambulance, Sgt Stevens said she kicked out, striking the paramedic in the face, yelling "you're a dog".

The paramedic suffered bruising around the eye and Harrison was taken to Gladstone Hospital.

Sgt Stevens said Harrison moved here from Tasmania six months ago and was wanted there by police warrant.

He said she had been staying with the parents of her ex-boyfriend, who told police she was not welcome back.

Sgt Stevens said the assault of the police officer happened just two days before and was unprovoked in a public nuisance incident.

He said her criminal record showed she had committed four assaults since 2000.

Remanded in custody, Harrison said she would like to be released so she could "hook up" with counselling.

Mr Morrow warned Harrison she was likely to do jail time first. The case was adjourned.

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