Man jailed for cop assault

RETURNING a blood alcohol level of .208 per cent and assaulting a police officer has led to a four-month stint in prison for a local man.

Ian Richard Grice, 40, was convicted in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday of serious assault and obstructing police, stemming from an incident at Tannymorel in March.

The court heard a dispute between Grice and his stepson had led to a call to police for assistance, but when a Killarney officer arrived at the property concerned.

Unable to locate Grice, the officer left but returned half an hour later to find him heavily intoxicated and with his utility parked outside.

Grice refused to supply a breath sample and proceeded to threaten the police officer, raising his fists and resisting attempts at hand-cuffing by struggling, resulting in the use of capsicum spray.

But the acid treatment did not stop Grice from grabbing a piece of wood from the ute which he swung at the officer, followed by a length of tyre hose.

Finally, he connected with the side of the officer's head with a bag with objects inside it which he got from the vehicle, causing a serious injury.

Grice was eventually subdued and conveyed to the Killarney Police Station, where he returned a positive alcohol reading.

With previous convictions for violence, Grice was sentenced to 12 months jail with a parole release date set at October 2.



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