Mum sorry after torrent of abuse
AN ACCUSED drink-driver who went on an abusive tirade against police was left red-faced when the recording of her outburst was played in court.
Nadine Maree Shorrock was "abusive, obnoxious and rude", according to the two female police officers who arrested her in Hervey Bay on April 21.
The Urangan mum took issue with one officer in particular, Constable Faye Holloway.
The 23-minute-long recording taken at the police station, in which Shorrock repeatedly said the f-word, refused to answer questions and kept calling for the sergeant, was played for the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
"Don't look at me like a grub, darlin'. You need to show some f***ing respect," Shorrock told Const Holloway on the recording.
"Wait 'til you get a murderer or a pedophile, take your anger out there.
"Why are you in my f***ing face again? You're rude."
Shorrock called Const Holloway "blondie" and went on to mimic her British accent.
Const Holloway remained calm throughout and continued to question Shorrock, despite the other woman's anger.
"Just doing my job Nadine," she said.
"Whatever. What f***ing ever," Shorrock said.
"I've done your job.
"Single mummy are you? F***ing doubt it.
"Go and get f***ed."
Shorrock is fighting the drink-driving charge, in which she blew .094% after being intercepted a short distance from home with her 10-year-old son in the car.
She does not debate the reading, but claims she was escaping an emergency situation after being assaulted by her 19-year-old son, William, who suffers bouts of aggression as the result of an acquired brain injury.
When questioned by defence lawyer Justine Geldard about her behaviour towards the police, Shorrock apologised.
"I'm very embarrassed and I'm sorry for the way I acted towards them," she said.
Both Const Holloway and her partner Const Sonia Edwards gave evidence in court. They said they had seen no indication Shorrock was physically injured, that she simply smelled of alcohol.
The officers had gone to Deloraine Ave about 10.20pm after a neighbour reported hearing yelling, items being broken and someone yelling "Stop it Billy".
At the police station, Shorrock told the officers she had "just been bashed by my f***ing kid out of my sleep".
But at the roadside, she allegedly told them Billy had left the house 15 minutes prior to her getting behind the wheel.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell will have to decide whether Shorrock's situation was, in fact, an extraordinary emergency.
The matter has been adjourned until November 28.