Man fined $660 for paddling from police
A MAN who tried to escape from police on a canoe, found himself in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with offences of public nuisance and obstructing police.
At 11.30pm on March 6, police were called to a disturbance at a Cannonvale address.
On arrival, a witness told them a man and a woman had already left the residence, with the man last seen walking towards Cannonvale Beach, carrying a canoe.
Police were called to a fire but returned to the beach at 12.15am.
At this time, they located the woman, who told them Carl John Matheson had been drinking and was upset.
Police began searching the area out of concern for Matheson’s welfare.
They then heard a voice scream for help from the water. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said police yelled out to Matheson to bring his canoe ashore but he refused and was verbally abusive towards them.
She said the commotion was enough to draw residents from their houses and resulted in the water police being called.
Matheson eventually came ashore and was arrested. Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told the 27-year-old he had a long standing issue with alcohol and in this case had wasted police time “when, really, they’ve got better things to do”.
“They just want to get you off the water and save you and you’re causing them all manner of grief,” he said.
Matheson received a $660 fine.