Driver turned violent with police
A TOOWOOMBA man has pleaded guilty to two charges of assault or obstructing police and one charge of drink driving in the Warwick Magistrates' Court this week.
Troy Hippi fronted the court on Tuesday, where it was heard the man became violent and agitated after he was pulled over by Warwick police at the corner of Palmerin and King sts on May 28.
It was heard Hippi, his partner and four of their children - one of whom was lying on the floor of the back seat - were in the car when police officers intercepted the vehicle.
The police prosecutor said Hippi's partner then exited the vehicle and asked police for help, saying Hippi had just assaulted her.
Hippi was then heard to have removed himself from the car, despite police direction not to do so, telling the officers he was going to tend to the children who were crying in the back seat.
The police prosecutor told the court the man then proceeded to walk towards his partner who yelled, "Get away from me Troy" as he came closer.
At that point the male officer was heard to have grabbed Hippi's shirt in an attempt to prevent him getting too close to the woman, but Hippi broke free of the officer's grasp.
The female officer placed herself between Hippi and his partner to protect the woman, but Hippi was heard to have lunged towards them, knocking the officer to the ground.
A short scuffle between Hippi and the officers ensued and capsicum spray was subsequently used to subdue the man.
He was then handcuffed and taken to the watchhouse, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.105.
Defence counsel for the man told the court that although the woman had initially said Hippi assaulted her, she had later retracted her statement and said that was not the case.
The couple was heard to have been arguing about their daughter's ill health at the time they were pulled over, and were believed to be headed to the Warwick Hospital for medical treatment.
The woman was in the court to support Hippi and it was heard the couple - who have six children together - remain in a relationship that has spanned 12 years.
Magistrate Anne Thacker scolded Hippi on his actions, telling him he was "way too drunk" to be driving, especially with four children in the vehicle.
Hippi was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and was disqualified from driving for six months.