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Police dog nips drink driver

BRADLEY Palma was hiding out on a shed roof behind a Clinton house and wouldn't come down for police.

The drink driver was trying to flee from the law so Gladstone officers brought in their finest on four paws.

Unluckily for 27-year-old Palma the officer bit him when he resisted arrest.

Palma (pictured) ended up at the Emergency Department of Gladstone Hospital and a bite wound stitched.

Prosecutor Gavin Reece told Gladstone Magistrates Court police were called to a home on February 6 over a complaint about Palma's behaviour.

Later at 1am a police sergeant and a police dog tried to find Palma.

The Sergeant had called out numerous times for Palma to come out of hiding

"He was hiding on the roof of a shed and was told to come down," Mr Reece said.

"He did and then came toward the officer and the dog.

"He was told to stop and get down on the ground but refused."

Mr Reece said the Sergeant had to push Palma back and when Palma still refused to get on the ground the officer released his hold on the dog to help restrain him on the ground.

He said Palma also tried to pull the Sergeant down onto the ground.

"He got some injuries from the police dog," he said.

"Did the dog assist getting him down on the ground," magistrate Penelope Hay asked.

"Yes," Mr Reece said.

Palma had been driving and told police he drank 16 beers. A breath test gave an alcohol reading of 0.128.

Palma pleaded guilty to drink drivingand obstructing police.

He was fined $800 and disqualified for five months.

Topics:  crime drink driving gladstone gladstonecourt gladstonemagistratescourt



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