Our new year shame
ALONG with headaches and hangovers a few Fraser Coast residents have managed to start the New Year on the wrong side of the law.
A majority of revellers were well behaved but a few have managed to spoil the festivities.
The worst of the alleged incidents was a 24-year-old woman who allegedly spat at a police officer at the Kondari Hotel.
Hervey Bay police Acting Sergeant Brad Allen said police were called to the pub after the Urangan woman allegedly refused to leave the premises when asked.
"She has been charged with obstructing police, contravening a direction and serious assault for spitting at a police officer," he said.
The woman will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 21.
Police have also charged a 28-year-old Urangan man for possessing a weapon after he was allegedly found with a gun on Charlton Esp about 2.45am on New Year's Day.
Sgt Allen said police would allege the handgun was on the man's person.
"He tried to hide it as he was walking," he said.
He will appear in court at a later date.
Sgt Allen said four people were caught drink driving, including one driver who allegedly crashed into a parked car on Boat Harbour Dr.
Police will allege the 26-year-old Howard man had a blood alcohol content more than 0.15% when the crash occurred.
In Maryborough revellers were still not on their best behaviour.
Marburg police Sergeant Bruce Hodgins said a man was charged with serious assault after allegedly attacking a taxi driver on Lennox St, Maryborough.
Sgt Hodgins said it was alleged the 45-year-old man hit the 66-year-old cab driver on the arm about 1.45am on Friday.
The incident was allegedly sparked when the cab driver stopped after the man allegedly damaged the car.
He will appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court on January 21.
Sgt Hodgins said a further six people were charged with public nuisance in Maryborough.
"If they were all well-behaved there would be no arrests," he said.