Man in court after yelling abuse at police outside Maccas

MIXING alcohol and medication ended in a 19-year-old man facing court after he yelled abuse at police and tried to damage a police car.

Jai Cody Holt-Lea fronted Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday on several charges including public nuisance, wilful damage of police property and obstructing a police officer.

The defendant confronted police during an incident on November 3 near Kin Kora McDonald's after drinking and taking anti-depressant medication.

Mr Holt-Lea, who was on probation at the time of the offence, yelled profanities at attending police officers and attempted to damage the number plate on a police vehicle, before officers had to call for urgent assistance to restrain him.

Magistrate Russell Warfield said the defendant was in desperate need of supervision because his behaviour was progressively getting worse.

The magistrate labelled the defendant's behaviour as "disgusting" and indicative of "a complete lack of respect" for police officers and the difficult duty they performed.

He continued by saying the actions of many offenders were highly ironic, in that the abuse they displayed towards police was forgotten as soon as the individual was in any danger or trouble.

Mr Holt-Lea was sentenced to 18 months probation under strict conditions from the date of sentencing.



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