Woman breaks free of handcuffs, smashes police car

Dana Renae Edgar faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Dana Renae Edgar faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Luke Mortimer

A WOMAN who kicked police officers, freed herself from handcuffs and then used them to smash a patrol car window has been fined in court.

Dana Renae Edgar, 26, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, and pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting or obstructing police.

She was also charged with one count of wilful damage of police property and one count of public nuisance.

Prosecutor Chris Bennett said police officers attended a Mackay home about 10pm on March 30 to speak to Edgar about a separate matter.

"Police woke the defendant ... when the defendant woke police observed that she was heavily intoxicated. Her eyes were glazed and her breath smelled of alcohol," he said.

Edgar was "told she would be detained" in relation to the other matter but she was "extremely uncooperative".

"She continued to yell offensive, abusive language," Mr Bennett said.

Police tried to take Edgar down a staircase in the house, but had to restrain her to do it safely

Mr Bennett said Edgar then deliberately kicked officers while she was being handcuffed and continually tried to struggle free.

Eventually, the Mackay woman was placed in a police car for transport.

"The defendant has freed one of her hands from the handcuffs and used the handcuffs to smash the rear passenger side window ... effectively destroying it," Mr Bennett said.

"Police have restrained the defendant on the ground outside ... whilst waiting for a second police vehicle to arrive to transport the defendant to Mackay watch-house, the defendant continued to scream offensive and abusive language."

Mr Bennett said Edgar was asked to stop but she continued to scream at officers for "several minutes" until a second police car arrived to take her away.

Defence lawyer Chris Colwill said Edgar had moved to Mackay several months ago but was planning to return to Perth, Western Australia this week.

He said Edgar had a limited support network in Mackay, had been diagnosed with depression and had problems with alcohol, though she had voluntarily sought help

Magistrate John Aberdeen took into account those factors and said there was no suggestion members of the public were affected.

He added Edgar had a relatively "low level" criminal history.

Mr Aberdeen advised the mother to cease drinking and suggested money spent on fines would be better spent on herself and her family.

Edgar was fined $1750 in total and a conviction was recorded.

Topics:  assault mackay mackay court mackay magistrates court police public nuisance wilful damage

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