Spray used on snoozer

A MAN woke up swinging punches at Warwick Police officers after they interrupted his slumber at a service station, the Warwick Magistrate Court heard yesterday.

An intoxicated Glenn George Nilson, from Tingalpa, was passing though Warwick early on March 21 when he and a mate stopped at the Caltex on the Cunningham Highway. While there, Nilson fell asleep in an office of the service station.

The police prosecutor told the court officers were called to move on the sleeping man only to be attacked when they roused him from slumber.

“(Nilson) punched a police officer in the leg and then fell back asleep,” the prosecutor said.

“The officers tried to wake him again and he was violent and aggressive, wildly swinging punches. Police deployed capsicum spray.”

Described usually as a “happy drunk” by his defence counsel, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to trespass and two counts of assaulting police.

Magistrate Cridland fined Nilson $750 and no conviction was recorded.



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