Stack of of­fences re­sults in heavy pun­ish­ment for Dalby man

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

DRUG and al­co­hol re­lated of­fences span­ning over five weeks has lead to a 17-year-old Dalby man re­ceiv­ing a driv­ing ban, fine, com­mu­nity ser­vice and pro­ba­tion for his ac­tions.

Hugh Henry Thomas ap­peared in Dalby Mag­is­trates Court fac­ing seven charges this week, in­clud­ing drug driv­ing and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The court heard Thomas was twice caught driv­ing whilst hav­ing cannabis in his sys­tem.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jodie Ta­hana told the court Thomas tested pos­i­tive for cannabis on July 22 and Au­gust 12 in Dalby.

Snr Cons Ta­hana said on both oc­ca­sions Thomas ad­mit­ted to po­lice he had smoked a joint no more than two days prior to driv­ing.

The court heard of more se­ri­ous of­fences dur­ing an in­ci­dent in Dalby on Au­gust 27.

Thomas was de­nied en­try into the Rus­sell Tav­ern, Dalby, be­fore al­legedly sneak­ing in.

The court heard Thomas would not leave the pub af­ter be­ing asked to, and po­lice were re­quired to take him home.

Snr Cons Ta­hana said Thomas was act­ing “bel­liger­ent”, be­fore swear­ing at of­fi­cers and push­ing one of them.

Thomas was taken to the Dalby Watch­house where he al­legedly in­serted his pe­nis through the hatch of the cell door he was placed in, and be­gan to uri­nate.

Snr Cons Ta­hana told the court when Thomas was in­formed this in­dis­cre­tion would re­sult in him be­ing charged with wil­ful dam­age, he replied with, “mad”. Thomas pleaded guilty to all charges.

The pair of drug driv­ing of­fences re­sult­ing in Thomas re­ceiv­ing a $600 fine and a six month driv­ing sus­pen­sion.

For the other charges, Thomas was or­dered to com­plete 40 hours and one year pro­ba­tion.

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