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Man allegedly tried to eye gouge a security guard on NYE

ON DUTY: Senior Constable Jim Doyle and Constable Brad Grassens keep an eye on the crowd at the New Year’s Eve Rodeo.
ON DUTY: Senior Constable Jim Doyle and Constable Brad Grassens keep an eye on the crowd at the New Year’s Eve Rodeo. Samantha Oneil

A WARWICK man saw in 2016 from a jail cell after he allegedly tried to eye gouge a security guard on New Year's Eve.

Revellers at the Criterion Hotel reported a man becoming enraged and attempting to assault other people celebrating the end of 2015.

Warwick police Sergeant Lisa Self said officers were called the hotel at 11.35pm following reports a man struck a fellow patron on the head.

"The man (allegedly) punched a patron on the head near the gaming room. The patron then fell and hit his head on a pole," Sgt Self said.

"Another patron stepped in to assist and the security guard then intervened."

When the security guard attempted to restrain the man, the offender allegedly turned his fists to the guard and assaulted him.

It is further alleged the man attempted to eye gouge and punch the guard who then managed to temporarily restrain him.

Police say the man then broke free from the security guard and again attempted to fight other patrons.

A group of patrons then came to the aid of the security guard.

Warwick police arrived a short time later and took the man into custody.

Sergeant Lisa Self said the man had been charged with assault and being drunk and disorderly in a licensed premises.

The 38-year-old man was released on bail and is due to face Warwick Magistrates Court on January 27.

Sgt Self said aside from that incident, the majority of revellers brought in the new year safely and happily.

"People were generally well behaved and enjoyed themselves," Sgt Self said.

Sgt Self said the Warwick Police had additional officers in town for New Year's Eve, and were kept busy with random breath testing and drug testing.

Warwick police had also conducted some informal breath testing at the Warwick Showgrounds for campers heading home after a big night at the rodeo.

"It helped people stop and think before they got behind the wheel," Sgt Self said.

"It encouraged them to take their time to let the alcohol work through their system and have something to eat before heading off.

"It all helps them get home safely."

Topics:  attack, eye gouge, new year's eve, warwick




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