A FRIEND in need is a friend indeed.
However, trying to open the door of a police car to assist your friend's partner is probably pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable.
For 41-year-old Steven Sean Quilkey, that act cost him $450 in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting or obstructing a police officer.
The court heard that about 3am on May 11, police went to a fight on the corner of Goondoon and Yarroon Sts.
As police were making arrests, they saw Quilkey open the rear door of the police vehicle.
When officers asked him to move away, Quilkey began verbally abusing the officers.
Defence solicitor Brad Krebs told the court his client had gone to the aid of a friend who'd been arrested, and acknowledged his wrongdoing.
Magistrate Russell Warfield fined Quilkey $450 but no conviction was recorded.