Lesson for youth: don't throw sticks at police officers

IF there was a textbook written on how to get arrested, throwing a stick at a policeman and his dog probably would not be included, given it's a no-brainer.

One young man learnt the hard way it's a sure-fire way to land in the watchhouse.

Daniel Martin McLoughlin pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to two counts of assaulting or obstructing a police officer, after an incident in the early hours of February 16.

McLoughlin was in the CBD at about 3.20am on February 16 when he saw a police officer walking his police dog back to their vehicle.

The intoxicated 17-year-old threw a stick at the police dog, but missed the dog and struck the officer in the leg.

While in the watchhouse, McLoughlin apologised to the officer.

Defence solicitor Jun Pepito told the court his client was extremely embarrassed and remorseful.

"It is a completely stupid action on your behalf," Magistrate Russell Warfield told McLoughlin.

Mr Warfield fined McLoughlin $750 but chose not to record a conviction for the offences.



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