Young woman's 'appalling' attack on police officers
SHE tried to stop police arresting a male friend of hers who had called them derogatory names before fleeing, and she ended up obstructing and assaulting officers.
But it wasn't the first time she'd had a run-in with the law.
Laurissa Lynette Marree Chippendale, 24, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday to two counts of obstructing police while intoxicated and two of assaulting police while intoxicated.
Police prosecutor Shayne Studdert said police were called to a disturbance on the corner of East and Denham Streets at 3am on December 30 and soon arrested Chippendale's male friend for public nuisance, after a foot chase.
He said Chippendale was told by officers to move away, which she ignored, and she came up behind one of the officers attempting to arrest her friend and punched the officer in the face, causing his lip to swell and bleed.
Another officer went to apprehend Chippendale, she flung her arms away from the officer, lashing her arms around violently.
Mr Studdert said the officer first threatened to use capsicum spray and after Chippendale continued to ignore directions, the spray was deployed.
Chippendale threw her arms up in front of her face to stop the capsicum spray getting on her, which led to the officer deploying the spray again.
Chippendale then struck the female officer multiple times, pulled her hair, scratched her head and arm and tried to flee.
When she was told she was under arrest for assault, she pushed a male officer twice in the chest, causing him to stumble backwards.
Defence lawyer Samantha Legrady said Chippendale didn't recall much from this incident as she was "highly intoxicated".
"It appears she hasn't learnt from the last incident," Mr Studdert said.
The court heard Chippendale had been sentenced in November for obstruct police and common assault while intoxicated.
"Your treatment and your actions here are just appalling," Magistrate Cameron Press said.
"You must respect public officers at all times because they are there to help the community."
He ordered Chippendale to a six-month prison term, wholly suspended, operational for two years.