Warwick pub pest given jail time after drunken night
A DRUNK man who refused to pay for a pub meal, then lay down in the back of a police car forcing officers to drag him across the seat to shut the door, has pleaded guilty to three charges in court.
At Warwick Magistrates Court, Daniel Victor Wilson pleaded guilty to one count each of failing to leave and obstructing police near a licensed premises and failing to appear.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said officers were called to the Malt House in March when Wilson refused to leave, was staggering and slurring his words.
Sgt de Lissa said police offered to take him home or to a friend's place, but then he refused to get in the car. When he did, he lay with his legs out the door so it could not be shut.
Lawyer Phil Crook said Wilson, 42, attended Alcoholics Anonymous but during a weak moment, had started drinking.
"He is trying to better himself, he has been to jail and done various courses," Mr Crook said.
Magistrate Robert Walker said the Brisbane man had a seven-page criminal history with similar offences.
"I was appalled really, to hear your behaviour on the 16th of March had to result in the calling of police," Mr Walker said.
Wilson was sentenced to three months' jail, which was suspended for a year. He was also fined $750.