Sirens, lights, taser pave the way to court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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