Jail time for binge and punching police officer

TERRY Wynwood drank for more than 12 hours before being arrested then punching an officer, the Gladstone Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Wynwood pleaded guilty to three charges of assault by video link.

The defendant's lawyer Bill McMillan told the court that Wynwood bought a train ticket to Townsville but had to wait four or five hours to board the train.

He bought six cans of Jim Beam before heading across the road to a hotel to continue drinking, Mr McMillan said.

Wynwood missed his train and continued drinking until 4.45am.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Merrilyn Hoskins told the court Wynwood was arrested and transferred to a padded cell at Gladstone police station.

He then struggled with police and punched an officer on the back of the shoulder.

Sgt Hoskins told the court Wynwood's behaviour was "totally unacceptable" and it "needs to be deterred".

She said a message that violence towards police would not be tolerated must be sent to the community.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Wynwood's charges were very serious.

Wynwood was ordered to serve six months imprisonment and to pay $300 in compensation to the officer.

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