Drunken risky behaviour

A WOMAN who ran out in front of a car and then jumped in the back seat faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on a public nuisance charge.

Deborah Anne Blackwood pleaded guilty to the charge.

A man flagged down the police outside the Mobil 24 on Dawson Road at 9pm on August 28.

He said he was driving along Glenlyon Road when he saw a woman on the median strip swearing and screaming into a mobile phone. She jumped out in front of his car causing the man to brake and then jumped in his back seat when he stopped.

He then drove to the Mobil 24.

When police arrived she swore at and abused them and was arrested for public nuisance.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client was on stress leave from work, was drunk and had had an argument with an associate.

“All of these events led to the bizarre incident,” Mr Krebs said.

“Your behaviour was potentially very dangerous,” Magistrate Carroll said.

Blackwood was fined $450 or six days jail with no conviction recorded.

Meanwhile, Charmaine Annette Woolley pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to possessing utensils and producing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said police executed a search warrant on a Hay Court address at 1pm on September 1.

The defendant handed over a bong to police and a 25cm high cannabis plant was found among other plants in the garden.

Woolley had a previous criminal history. The defendant who represented herself had nothing to say in her defense.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Woolley $800 or 10 days in jail.

Forfeiture orders were issued for the drugs and utensils.

Also in court, Malcolm Joseph Maloney pleaded guilty to driving without a licence repeat offender and a breach of community service. At 8.30pm on August 28 Tannum Sands police intercepted Maloney on Hampton Drive.

His licence had previously been disqualified and he had not renewed it when the disqualification period was over.

The defendant who represented himself said he had obeyed his disqualification for three years, but didn’t know he had to renew it.

“I’m trying to stay out of trouble. It was a misunderstanding as I thought I was licensed but I wasn’t,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Maloney $300 or four days jail with a one month disqualification.

For the breach of community service he was fined $175 or two days jail with convictions recorded.



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