He became aggressive when a police officer tried to restrain him with handcuffs.
He became aggressive when a police officer tried to restrain him with handcuffs.

Gladstone man tackles cop in 'psychotic episode'

THRASHING about in the back of an ambulance enroute to hospital, the behaviour of George Stanley Kirk became aggressive when a police officer tried to restrain him with handcuffs.

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Standing up in the back of the ambulance where he was being looked after by a paramedic, a drug-affected Kirk began to struggle and "shape-up" to the officer.

The policeman, who was accompanying the paramedic, had to give him a short blast of capsicum spray.

The details of Kirk's bad behaviour were detailed in Gladstone Magistrates Court by police prosecutor Gavin Reece.

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Kirk, 31, and in custody, pleaded guilty to seven charges after incidents in Gladstone and Rockhampton between September 16 and November 27 last year.

These included assault of a police officer; wilful obstruction of police; having property to commit a drug offence (scales and clip seal bags); driving under the influence; breach of bail; and two contravene police directions.

Kirk was behind the wheel of a car with no registration plates at 2.40am on October 11 when police saw it "swerving side to side" and stopped him.

Mr Reece said Kirk, 31, appeared to be intoxicated, was unsteady on his feet with slurred speech but blew negative in a breath test.

Kirk told officers he took eight Valium and a Panadol tablet.

On his way to Gladstone hospital in an ambulance at 10pm on October 11, Mr Reece said Kirk began thrashing about on the bed saying "go on hurt me; well I'm going to hurt you".

"The officer said he'd use capsicum spray if he didn't comply and he (Kirk) lunged and tackled him inside the ambulance," Mr Reece said.

"The constable impacted into the side of the ambulance and felt pain."

Kirk was sprayed.

In a separate incident when a set of scales was found in his car, Kirk told police it was for "weighing herbs and spices".

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Kirk had a psychotic episode and the tablets caused him to behave in such a way.

"He has a problem with drugs, also the reason why he had a psychotic episode," Mr Pepito said.

"He is trying now to rehabilitate himself."

Magistrate Mark Morrow said Kirk had quite a drug history and his behaviour had been erratic as a result of being under the influence of drugs and was capsicum sprayed.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail with a parole release date of May 20.



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