Remorse after drunken melee

A BONVILLE man has told the court he was heavily intoxicated when he grabbed the arms of a police officer, as he arrested his friend at Sawtell on Australia Day.

Luke Anderson, 22, was this week found guilty of hindering police in the execution of their duty in the Coffs Harbour Local Court and ordered to serve a six-month good behaviour bond.

Officers were called to the intersection of First and Second Avenue, Sawtell, on January 26, at 8.50pm for reports of a large brawl involving intoxicated youths.

Police arrested a number of people for street fighting and ordered Anderson and his friend to leave the area.

As they were being spoken to another person intervened and due to his behaviour was arrested.

Officers then turned their attention to Anderson’s friend, who was said to be heavily intoxicated.

The court heard as officers led him to a caged truck Anderson grabbed the arms of a police sergeant in an attempt to free his friend.

After breaking from the grip of police, the man was restrained on a nature strip, while Anderson was also arrested and placed into a paddy wagon.

Both men were taken to the Coffs Harbour Police Station.

Police prosecutors said ‘due to their high levels of intoxication the men were not afforded the opportunity to be interviewed in relations to his matter’.

Through his legal defence Anderson expressed remorse for his actions, saying they were fuelled by alcohol after a day of celebrations.



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