Man fined $660 for pad­dling from po­lice

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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