Man threw coward punch then ran from police
THROWING a coward punch then running from police through Toowoomba's CBD has put Luke Peter Miller on 12 months probation.
Miller had been out celebrating his 25th birthday on the night of May 23 and had become involved in an altercation at the Cube Hotel in the early morning of May 24, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
A passing police patrol saw Miller and a friend arguing with security staff outside the hotel in Margaret St about 3.40am and stopped to help.
As police were sorting out the incident, Miller had run at another man standing on the footpath, punched him in the head while the man's arms were by his side and then ran off on Margaret St, police prosecutor Greg McIntyre told the court.
CitySafe operators followed Miller as he ran down Club Lane, through the Bell St Mall and on to Ruthven St where he hid behind a concrete pillar outside the Heritage Bank, he said.
When police caught up with him, Miller had run off again despite police calls for him to stop and warnings that CitySafe cameras would follow his progress and that he couldn't get away.
Eventually he ran out of puff and was arrested, Mr McIntyre said.
He then struggled with police before being taken to the police station where he struggled with police again, the court heard.
At the police station he had refused to give his name and address and was warned of the consequences, prompting him to reply to police "Go f*** yourself", Mr McIntyre said.
Miller, of Cambooya, pleaded guilty to public nuisance, two count of obstructing police, contravening a police direction and unrelated unlicensed driving offence.
Mr McIntyre said the victim of Miller's coward punch had declined to make a complaint to police.
Defence solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client had been drunk that night and couldn't explain his behaviour except to say he had had a "brain explosion".
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Miller had previous offences of public nuisance and obstructing police and placed him on 12 months probation.