Driver cops police spray
POLICE used capsicum spray to subdue a drunk who got aggressive after being pulled over for dangerous driving.
Steven Michael Molini, 29, left the Lowood Tavern in a cloud of smoke about midnight on January 24, shredding his tyres and sending sparks flying as he spun his wheels down the wrong side of the road.
Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday heard police caught up with Molini quickly, but resorted to using capsicum spray after he appeared to reach into his car to grab something.
Molini was said to have calmed down after his dousing, even apologising to police.
He was breath tested and returned a reading of 0.180
He pleaded guilty yesterday to dangerous driving while adversely affected by alcohol, driving while suspended and assaulting or obstructing police.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client had been threatened by another group of men at the pub that night.
“These men had been eyeing him off and were eventually asked to leave,” Mr Fairclough said.
Molini also left the pub a short time later. He admitted to spinning his wheels but denied exceeding the speed limit at any time.
He also claimed his behaviour toward the police had been precipitated by their aggressive attitude toward him.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum said she took note of Molini's traffic record, which showed a previous drink driving conviction in 2007.
Ms MacCallum said regardless of whether or not Molini exceeded the speed limit, the fact that he kept driving after busting his tyres showed a disregard for the safety of other road users.
Molini was fined $1800 and disqualified for 15 months.