Teen gets probation after fulfilling dare from mates

SKYLARKING in front of police is never a wise move, and it's particularly dim-witted when pretending to scull a bottle of whisky to taunt officers when you're only 17.

Still, this was not enough to deter Tyson Jeffrey Ellis, who landed himself a lengthy probation order for the sake of completing a dare by his mates.

Ellis, 17, pleaded guilty to three charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday, including singular counts of assaulting or obstructing a police officer, possession of liquor as a minor and wilful damage of police property.

The court heard that at 11.40pm on March 28, Ellis had been at a party in Daintree Blvd, when his friends dared him to scull a bottle of Canadian Club in front of police.

Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke read the facts, which stated the defendant had thought he was the "funniest person alive", until he was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, after pretending to neck the bottle.

After struggling with police during the arrest, Ellis was later observed on CCTV to be scratching his name into the padded cell of the watchhouse.

Ellis received 15 months probation for the obstruct and wilful damage charges, and was fined $100 for the liquor possession charge.



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