Man spoils girlfriend's birthday, apologises to police
LABOURER Daniel Stark spoiled his girlfriend's birthday celebration when he got arrested for drink-driving then made it worse when he hit a policeman and mucked-up inside a police vehicle, kicking out a door frame.
Stark, 25, was so upset by his bad boy behaviour that the very next day he wrote police a letter of apology calling his behaviour "disgusting and disrespectful".
"I didn't want to ruin my girlfriend's birthday. I was drunk and not thinking straight, very out of character for me... I'm sorry for any injury I inflicted," he wrote.
Stark's letter went before Gladstone magistrate Penelope Hay who read out some extracts after he pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Calliope on Friday, June 12; assaulting and obstructing a police officer; and wilful damage of police property. He was fined $600 and ordered to pay police $353 compensation.
Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer said RBT police at 11.30pm stopped a black Mazda that Stark drove.
"He says he drank a couple of rum and Cokes and a couple of stubbies of beer between 6pm and 9.30pm," she said.
When stopped two hours later his breath analysis for alcohol read .076.
Ms Sulzer said Stark became aggressive when a senior constable tried to restrain him and hit him on the arm, resisting arrest while being put into the back of a police vehicle.
She said Stark lay along the seat and used both his feet to kick the door, breaking a door panel bracket causing it to fall off.
Stark kicked the door two or three times then sat up on the seat and broke off a door handle.
"It was very out of character for me, I don't drink a lot," Stark told the court.
"The reason I went off that night it was a birthday party. I'm angry at myself for ruining it."
Stark made a successful application for a special restricted licence that allows him to only drive between his home and work.
In granting the work licence for the three months of his disqualification, Ms Hay noted that Stark's driving record held many speeding offences and she advised him to use "cruise control".