‘ Police aren’t punching bags’ Teen party gets violent
A YOUNG police officer was seriously assaulted when he and his colleagues attempted to break up a party of more than one hundred drunken, mostly underage, brawling youths in Kirwan.
Eleven marked and undercover police cars containing more than 20 officers were c a l l e d t o t h e p a r t y a t Easterbrook Cres around 2am on Saturday. Groups of fighting youths had spilled o u t o n t o n o t o n l y Easterbrook Cres but several adjoining streets. Officers asked a 19-year-old Sarina woman to move on from the party and she responded with a stream of abuse.
Police tried to take the woman into custody but a number of other party goers obstructed them and so the w o ma n b r o k e f r e e a n d punched the young male constable in the mouth while he
Sen-Sgt Gary Eddiehausen was trying to deal with one of the other rowdy youths.
The Kirwan officer received a split lip, cuts to his nose and jaw injuries and he had to be taken to hospital but was later discharged.
The woman was charged with serious assault of a police officer, obstruct police and disorderly behaviour.
Six people, the youngest of whom was 15, were arrested at the party on a total of 15 charges i ncluding bodily harm, public nuisance and obstruct police.
A 17-year-old Kirwan man also walked to the police station at 3.30am to abuse the officers for breaking up the party. He was asked to leave but refused and so was arrested after a tussle at the front counter.
K i r w a n p o l i c e s t a t i o n o f f i c e r - i n - c h a r g e S e n i o r Sergeant Gary Eddiehausen said he was disgusted by the incident which caused officers to patrol the area for hours after the party was dispersed to regain order.
‘ ‘ Police aren’t punching bags. They shouldn’t be subjected to this kind of irresponsible ratbag behaviour,’’ he said. ‘‘ I’m very upset one of my young officers has been set upon by this group. He was dealing with someone else and we will be alleging she hit him from the side without him seeing it coming. Police have to attend calls for service for people who need assistance, not babysit drunken idiots.’’