Drunk man in bid to bite of­fi­cer

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

A RE­PEAT drink driver who at­tempted to bite a po­lice of­fi­cer has dodged jail with a fully sus­pended sen­tence.

Mitchell John New­lands, 43, pleaded guilty in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court this week to se­ri­ous as­sault of a po­lice of­fi­cer, ob­struct­ing po­lice, drink driv­ing and two counts of dis­qual­i­fied driv­ing.

Pros­e­cu­tor Len Brown said that on May 8 wit­nesses called po­lice say­ing New­lands had been seen yelling on the street, speak­ing about killing peo­ple and driv­ing a car in Wul­guru. Po­lice de­tained him for a breath test.

The court heard New­lands be­came ag­gres­sive to po­lice, and said: “Any of you boys up for a fight?”

A con­sta­ble pre­sented a Taser but New­lands con­tin­ued to ar­gue and make threats. New­lands was hand­cuffed and taken to a po­lice sta­tion.

“About 9.15pm, he was es­corted into the breath anal­y­sis sec­tion,” Mr Brown told the court.

Mr Brown said a con­sta­ble had his hand on New­lands’ shoul­der and, “with­out warn­ing”, he moved head to the hand and bit down.

“He admitted to po­lice that he did do the bit­ing man­ner, but he said he was only jok­ing around,” Mr Brown said. “Po­lice ad­vised him if the of­fi­cer hadn’t moved his hand, he would have bit­ten him.”

New­lands recorded a blood- al­co­hol con­tent of 0.153 per cent, three times the le­gal limit.

New­lands, who rep­re­sented him­self in court, said his life had been chaotic at the time as he had stopped us­ing an­tide­pres­sant med­i­ca­tions.

He said he was now see­ing a psy­chol­o­gist and would im­me­di­ately move to New South Wales, where he had got a job at a meat­works.

Mag­is­trate Steven Mosch said from 2002 to 2010, New­lands was con­victed of drink driv­ing six times and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing once. In 2006 he was sen­tenced to 12 months in jail for as­sault­ing po­lice.

New­lands was sen­tenced to three months’ jail fully sus­pended for 12 months. He was also fined $ 2350 and dis­qual­i­fied for five years. his

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