Man fined for run­ning away

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who ran away from po­lice when they tried to speak to him about a fight in Air­lie Beach has been fined $1200.

Michael Ryan Egan, 23, of Can­non­vale, pleaded guilty in Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day to ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and com­mit­ting a pub­lic of­fence.

Prose­cu­tor Robert Beamish said se­cu­rity of­fi­cers had to in­ter­vene after Egan threw punches to­wards other peo­ple on Main St, Air­lie Beach, at 11.20pm on De­cem­ber 7.

Mr Beamish said po­lice later found Egan in Broad­wa­ter Ave but when they got within 5m of him, he ran off along the board­walk.

He then jumped on to the beach below and hid in the man­groves.

Po­lice later ques­tioned Egan about the fight when he was at the po­lice sta­tion for an­other mat­ter and he ini­tially de­nied he was in­volved, be­fore later ad­mit­ting he was there, Mr Beamish said.

Egan’s so­lic­i­tor Rose­mary Var­ley said her client was in­volved in a scuf­fle in Main St where “words were ex­changed” and there was “some push­ing and shov­ing”.

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