Angry Esk man cops a spraying
A STRUGGLE with the police ended with an Esk man sprayed with capsicum spray and an officer injured.
Police had been called to an address in Toogoolawah in response to a domestic disturbance.
When they arrived they found Bo-Dean Pleavin in a heated argument with his partner.
After Pleavin failed to comply with police requests officers tried to restrain the 23-year-old.
The situation escalated when Pleavin became involved in a struggle with police.
Pleavin continued to thrash about even after police sprayed him with capsicum spray.
At one point, Pleavin pushed himself off a kitchen table and fell on to one of the officers.
As a consequence, he faced Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, charged with serious assault against police.
The incident took place on April 23.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum said the policeman Pleavin landed on had injured himself as a result.
The officer was treated for bruised ribs and a possible hairline fracture.
Ms MacCallum told Pleavin that his response to police was "quite extraordinary".
"You continued to abuse your partner even in the presence of police," she told Pleavin.
"Even when you were sprayed with capsicum spray it seemed to have no effect on you."
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said that Pleavin had not intended to hurt the policeman.
"My client fell on the officer in the course of the struggle," he said. "It was not a premeditated assault like spitting or biting."
Mr Fairclough said Pleavin was still in a relationship with his partner and had no criminal record.
He said his client's behaviour during the incident wasn't attributed to drugs or alcohol but rather a loss of temper.
Nevertheless, Ms MacCallum said that Pleavin had committed a serious offence and put him on a 12-month probation order.
Pleavin was also given a 12-month community service order.