Honest drinker turns angry

SHE may have a self-confessed problem with authority but no one could question the honesty of Pittsworth woman Wendy Jane Ellis.

When pulled over by police for speeding on the Gore Hwy outside Millmerran about 10pm on July 30, the 24-year-old had been asked if she thought she was over the breath/alcohol limit.

"S*** yeah," Ellis had replied frankly, before blowing a reading of 0.109, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

However, her problems with authority then kicked in and Ellis became abusive toward the police officer and when arrested and placed in the back of the police car, she had kicked out, smashing a window.

Taken to the police station, her anti-authority behaviour continued as she splashed water over the fingerprint machine and struggled with police as she was placed in a watch house cell.

On bail for those matters, she had been walking home from a hotel on Yandilla St, Pittsworth, about 1.40am on September 3, when she yelled abuse at a passing police car.

After the officers initially ignored her ranting, Ellis had run on to the road after the police vehicle, kicking and punching the driver's side door panel while yelling abuse.

She had then walked off "nonchalantly" down the street but was arrested and struggled with police while being placed into the police vehicle, kicking out and striking one officer in the stomach.

Ellis pleaded guilty on Friday to all charges but had been kept in custody until yesterday so a psychiatric assessment of her could be done.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck, reading from that report, noted Ellis suffered extreme anxiety particularly when drinking alcohol and from the dock she told the court she had a problem with authority.

Noting in her criminal history Ellis had "many" convictions for obstructing and assaulting police, Mr Schemioneck sentenced her to three months jail, but ordered she be released on parole immediately, ordered she pay $450 restitution for the broken police car window and disqualified her from driving for three months.


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