Sirens, lights, taser pave the way to court
ACTIVATING the lights and sirens on a police car brought Jacob Laughlin Kercher before the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court.
The 23-year-old Whitsunday man committed the offence on April 11 in Airlie Beach.
In court on Monday, prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said it was midnight when police parked outside McDonald’s on the main street.
She said five minutes later they heard sirens and were told by a witness a man had activated the lights and sirens on their car.
When police apprehended Kercher he was walking toward Paddy’s.
Ms Smith said police called out to him to stop walking, to which he replied “what the f**k do you want? F**k you.”
She said police described him as highly agitated and aggressive, noting he appeared to be drug affected.
The court heard that after continuing to adopt a a fighting stance with clenched fists, Kercher was presented with a taser and arrested.
It was noted he’d had a number of public nuisance entries in the past.
Kercher’s co-accused, Lincoln Jay Eastwood, 24, was also charged with obstructing police and committing a public nuisance offence, relating to the same event.
The court was told while Eastwood didn’t activate the lights he was just as aggressive when police approached the pair.
In Eastwood’s case, the court heard this was his first night out in eight months and he’d been drinking since earlier that day.
Ms Smith said he was substantially intoxicated having consumed a combination of 24 beer and pre-mixed drinks.
Eastwood was fined $440 while Kercher received a $990 fine.
Both men were ordered to perform 40 hours community service and Kercher was banned from licensed premises in the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct between 8am–6pm for a year.