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Gin Gin man Jamie Lavercrombe is upset he was fined $100 by police for peeing on the side of the road when he was more than 30km away from the nearest toilet.
Gin Gin man Jamie Lavercrombe is upset he was fined $100 by police for peeing on the side of the road when he was more than 30km away from the nearest toilet. Stacey Rudd

TO PEE or not to pee was the question Gin Gin man Jamie Lavercrombe found himself asking when nature called as he was driving along a deserted Mt Perry Rd yesterday.

More than 30km from the nearest toilet, Mr Lavercrombe made the rather urgent decision to relieve himself by the side of the road at the T-intersection where Mt Perry Rd meets the South Burnett Hwy.

But his relief was over as soon as it started with the arrival of a police traffic branch car - and an officer handing him a $100 fine for public urination.

"I was standing right beside my car and I was facing the grass," Mr Lavercrombe said.

"The grass was chest high."

Mr Lavercrombe, who was on his way back to Middlemount Mine, west of Rockhampton, where he works as a plant operator, said he made the decision to go to the toilet by the side of the road because he was 50km from Mt Perry and 35km from Mulgildie.

"I've been pulling up (at that spot) ever since I've been travelling here," he said.

"You can't even see a farmhouse around the whole area."

Although Mr Lavercrombe said he could see the lighter side of the situation, he still felt being slapped with the fine was a bit "harsh".

"Yes, it is a public place, but I wasn't doing it obscenely in front of anyone," he said.

"It's a country road in the middle of nowhere - it's not like I was in the front street.

"(The policeman) was very arrogant towards me."

Bundaberg police Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said urinating in public was a "simple offence" but was against the law no matter where the person was relieving themselves.

"Some members of the public may be affronted by that sort of behaviour," he said.

"If they were in an emergency situation where nature did call, they should remove themselves from all visibility of the roadway."

Mr Lavercrombe said he would look into contesting the fine once he returned home to Gin Gin next week.

"I want to talk to someone about it," he said.

Topics:  crime fine gin gin police public urination



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