Emerald police officers were called to reports of a man stepping in front of traffic along the Gregory Highway. Photo: Bev Lacey
Emerald police officers were called to reports of a man stepping in front of traffic along the Gregory Highway. Photo: Bev Lacey

“F--- you”: Man yells at police and runs across CQ highway

A 28-year-old was arrested after stepping out in front of traffic on a highway near Emerald.

Michael James Innis Benjamin Barber, 28, pleaded guilty on March 23 via a letter to Emerald Magistrates Court to committing public nuisance and conduct causing a public nuisance.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said police were called to the intersection of Gregory Highway and Talafa Road at 3.10pm on February 23 following reports of a man standing on the roadway and stepping out in front of traffic, narrowly missing the vehicles.

Officers located Barber sitting in long grass beside the highway, sweating profusely, the court heard.

Barber told officers to “f--- off” when the approached him, before spitting on the ground and running back across the highway despite oncoming vehicles.

Sergeant Cramp said when Barber re-emerged, police tried to approach him again but he behaved similarly and ran across the highway several times, disrupting traffic.

Police momentarily closed the highway and took Barber into custody.

He was taken to the Emerald Hospital for an assessment, where he later yelled “f--- you” at police after they denied his request for a cigarette.

Sergeant Cramp said Barber was calmed down by hospital staff after continuing to yell out.

In his letter, Barber apologised for his actions, explaining he was intoxicated, depressed and going through personal issues, the court heard.

Barber stated there was no excuse for his behaviour, and was planning to move for a fresh start.

He was fined $500. The convictions were not recorded.


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