Driver's police trickery turns to violence

HE TRIED switching seats with his girlfriend, refusing to blow in the bag and even a violent escape attempt - but none of it saved a man from another drink driving conviction.

Lonie Michael Gwilliams was spotted by officers while driving along Wood St on October 14.

Officers intercepted the vehicle and noticed the car was being driven "erratically", with an arm popping out of the passenger's window as the car pulled over.

When officers approached the window, they noticed Gwilliams had switched seats with his girlfriend and was now on the passenger's side.

Officers confronted the 41-year-old about his deception and asked him to submit to a breathalyser test.

Gwilliams repeatedly refused the request and when handcuffed, tried to smash the police car window with the handcuffs and kicked an officer in the stomach in an attempt to escape.

Further checks revealed Gwilliams had been convicted of drink driving in 2011 and was only allowed to drive a vehicle fitted with an interlock device.

The car in question did not have one.

Gwilliams pleaded guilty to a total of six charges, some of which related to a separate incident in which he breached a court order.

The Ipswich man was fined $4000 and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.



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