Drunk man ’scared witnesses’
MOTIVATED by alleged racial slurs and car trouble, a Monto man has been fined for yelling abuse and doing burnouts outside a North Burnett school.
Biloela Magistrates Court heard that on November 27 last year, an intoxicated Clifford Williams was outside St Therese’s Catholic Primary School during after-school pick-up and yelling abuse at parents, staff and students.
Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court that Williams’ behaviour scared witnesses.
“There were several witnesses who indicated that Mr Williams was screaming obscenities … toward staff, parents and students,” the prosecutor said.
A resident contacted police at 3.10pm when they saw Williams, 58, driving in his yard across from the school doing burnouts and swearing at adults and children.
When the police officers arrived, there was dust in the air and Williams was reversing the vehicle back into his driveway.
When approached by police, Williams became aggressive, hurled abuse at the officers while telling them to get out of his yard, and waving his hands around.
Williams recorded a BAC reading of .131.
Defence lawyer Brandon Selic said Williams, whose licence had been disqualified, was being driven home by his partner when the car became stuck in the yard.
Williams told Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale that he had been the victim of alleged racial slurs by schoolkids in the area and that formed part of the reason for his behaviour that day.
Williams was convicted and fined $200 for public nuisance and convicted and fined $950 for the driving offence.