A RUNCORN man who belted a female police officer has narrowly escaped spending more time behind bars.
John Tiop Anok Ajeing, 34, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to serious assault and obstructing a police officer and high range drink driving.
The court heard Ajeing was pulled over on December 3, 2105 on Monash Rd at Redbank for a random breath test.
He recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.212 and was subsequently arrested.
It was then the court heard Ajeing went "berserk" and smashed the inside of the police car and a female officer.
Magistrate Stuart Shearer was scathing in sentencing Ajeing to six months behind bars. But he released him on immediate parole after taking into account the time served behind bars since his arrest.
"You behaved like an absolute animal," he said.
"You have lived in Australia for eight years now, had time to assimilate and observe what behaviour is acceptable in this country."
Ajeing was also fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
He was further ordered to pay $500 in compensation to the female police officer.