Howard man left children in car to run from police
A HOWARD man who ran from police, leaving his children unaccompanied in a car, has been sentenced to probation, Hervey Bay Magistrates Court has heard.
Corey Ronald Bristow, 32, was waiting in a vehicle at Warwick with their two children, aged 10 and 8, in the back of the car, while his wife was at the bank.
A witness called police because they thought Bristow was hitting the children.
When the police arrived, Bristow was sitting in the driver's seat, smoking a cigarette.
The police informed Bristow it was a crime to smoke in a car with children under 15 in the car.
Bristow replied that he hadn't known.
When asked for his name, Bristow gave several false names to police.
Then, when it became apparent police did not believe him, Bristow ran from scene, leaving his children unaccompanied in the car.
He climbed onto a roof of a business and then was apprehended when he tried to jump a fence.
Bristow admitted to consuming alcohol and returned a breath test of 0.29.
Defence lawyer John Milburn said Bristow had only climbed into the driver's seat to turn on the radio, but acknowledged that meant he was in charge of the car.
"If he hadn't wanted to listen to the radio, he wouldn't be in court here today," Mr Milburn said.
He said his client had been assessed as being bipolar.
Mr Milburn said his client had panicked and ran when he was questioned by police.
He said his client had secured employment on a trawler.
Magistrate Stephen Guttridge sentenced Bristow to probation and disqualified him from driving for three months.