Drunk man in bid to bite officer
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