Archeologist gives rival a dusting

ARCHEOLOGIST Michael C. Westaway channelled a bit of Indiana Jones when he crash-tackled the man who had an affair with his ex-wife.

Westaway, 41, had been at a conference at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba before he went drinking at Fitzy's Fibber Magee Hotel on November 30.

At the front bar, he saw the man who had an affair with his ex-wife which caused their recent separation.

Westaway tackled the man to the ground until he was grabbed by security guards at 10pm.

Prosecutor Sergeant Alison McKee said Westaway struggled and fought with the officers and attempted to break free from their grip and get back to the bar.

Security evicted Westaway and police arrived outside the pub shortly afterwards.

Westaway appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to being drunk or disorderly in a licensed premises and failing to leave a licensed premises on request.

Defence solicitor Trevor May said his client was an archeologist at the Brisbane Museum.

Mr May said Westaway had been hit by a car in 2003 and sustained a dislocated shoulder.

Mr May told the court Westaway was struggling against security restraining him as he feared his shoulder would pop out.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck quipped the injury didn't stop him from making the tackle which drew chuckles from people in court.

Mr Schemioneck fined Westaway $800. A conviction was not recorded.



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