Drunk asleep on path near police

FALLING asleep outside the police station has led to a court appearance and a $350 fine for Jack William Irwin.

The 20 year old had "passed out" near the Hervey Bay police station on Queens Rd and became angry and abusive to the police after being woken up.

Irwin repeatedly swore at the officers and told them to leave him alone.

Duty lawyer Daniel Ould told Hervey Bay Magistrates Court that Irwin's recollection of the incident was hazy.

"He doesn't remember much about the night due to his level of intoxication," Mr Ould said.

"He had passed out, or fallen asleep (and was) clearly startled when he was woken up."

It was about 3am on September 9 when patrolling police came across Irwin, who was lying on a concrete path.

After failing to rouse him, they rubbed a torch on his sternum to wake him up, police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said.

"Wake up mate, it's the police. You can't sleep here," Irwin was told.

Irwin's response was "F*** off, leave me alone."

When the officers tried to wake him again and continued rubbing the torch on his chest, he swore at them some more.

Eventually, Irwin got up but began to resist.

"A wrestle ensued before he was able to be placed in the rear of the police vehicle," Snr Const Kunkel said.

Magistrate Tom Killeen suggested that in future Irwin should perhaps not drink so much.

He fined him $350 for a charge of obstructing police.



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