Escape from police ends in court

A MASSIE man who tried to escape police custody through the rolled down window of a police car has appeared in court to face charges resulting from the incident.

David Richard Kellas, 28, fronted Warwick Magistrates Court last week and pleaded guilty to four charges, including assaulting or obstructing police and drink driving.

Kellas was intercepted by police at in February while driving in Allora and was taken into custody after returning a blood-alcohol reading of 0.152.

The court heard the father of three was concerned about his partner and police obliged to his request to see her and drove him to his residence.

When they arrived, police rolled down Kellas’ window to allow him to speak to his partner and the court heard he then became aggressive with the woman and began to climb out of the window.

Kellas forced his way out of the window and was heard to have ignored several police directions to get back in the car.

He then turned his anger to police, telling the officer he “was losing it and was going to knock (the policeman’s) head off”.

The officer sprayed Kellas with capsicum spray during his hostile state but it was heard to have had little or no effect on him.

Despite being taken to the ground by the officer, Kellas refused to give in and wrapped his arms around the policeman and attempted to bring him to the ground also.

At that point the officer threatened to use his taser and Kellas became compliant.

Magistrate Anne Thacker issued the man with a $500 fine and disqualified him from driving for six months.



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