Blackwater man faced Blackwater Magistrates Court for damaging a police car after consuming 17 beers.
Blackwater man faced Blackwater Magistrates Court for damaging a police car after consuming 17 beers.

Drunk CQ man performed ‘flying kick’ into police car

A BLACKWATER man broke two large hotel pot plants and performed a “flying kick” that damaged a police car.

Joshua Brendan Snelling, 35, was asked to leave Blackwater Hotel after consuming 17 beers on July 24, Blackwater Magistrates Court heard today.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said Snelling was walking past the front of the hotel towards the Shell service station about 11pm, and damaged three large pot plants before running towards a nearby parked police vehicle.

He performed a flying kick and made contact with the passenger door, leaving an indent, the court heard.

Snelling walked back to the plants and caused further damage before moving on and damaging the rear door to the Blackwater Hotel on MacKenzie St, Sgt Cramp said.

Police attended his home address on July 25.

Snelling told police he had consumed far too much alcohol the previous night and apologised for his actions.

Defence lawyer Felicity Davis said Snelling hadn’t been allowed to return to work until he received medical clearance after blacking out at work.

Ms Davis told the court he went to the pub out of frustration, after a delay in receiving results, and consumed 17 beers, which was unusual behaviour for him.

Magistrate Robert Walker said the destructive behaviour was simply unacceptable, regardless of the circumstances.

Snelling was fined $750 and ordered to pay $1539.54 restitution for the damaged police car. Convictions were not recorded.


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