Army officer threatened guard

A HERVEY Bay army officer who threatened to shoot a security guard and sparked a police chase on Hervey Bay's Esplanade during a weekend bender fronted court yesterday.

Andrew Nathan John was charged with being drunk and disorderly and obstructing police officers.

The court heard the 38-year-old had recently returned from service in East Timor when he went drinking with friends at a Scarness hotel.

Police were called to the hotel just before midnight on September 3 after security guards evicted him for being aggressive and “picking fights” with other patrons.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said John had abused a female guard and threatened to shoot her by pointing at her face and pretending to pull his trigger finger.

When a dog squad officer arrived John ran down the Esplanade and jumped a fence before running down the beach.

When police caught up with John and asked him to calm down he became “agitated and aggressive” and tried to break free when arrested.

John told Magistrate Graeme Tatnell that the combination of medication and the 10 schooners of beer he had drunk had sent him over the edge.

He said he was receiving trauma counselling and was on medication for psychological issues which he was “not handling well”.

He defended his behaviour by saying the reason he had resisted arrest was that the officers had been touching him in areas where he had been seriously injured while overseas.

“You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that the combination of medication and alcohol is like a time bomb waiting to go off,” Mr Tatnell said.

John was fined $500.



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