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Five police officers attacked in meth-fueled rampage

A METH-FUELED rampage starting at the Ipswich Hospital saw two police officers seriously assaulted and three more attacked.

On May 30 last year police were called to a disturbance at the hospital. They found Matthew David Taylor, 37, who they believed created the public nuisance walking outside the hospital.

When the two officers tried to stop him for a welfare check Taylor immediately took up a fighting pose. He punched on of the officers in the face and bit the other on his arm.

More police were called and Taylor furiously resisted their arrested. He struggled against them even after police capsicum sprayed him.

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Taylor was eventually taken to the watchhouse where he again began to violently struggle.

He threw his head up violently at one stage, head-butting an officer, and, when finally put in a cell, he charged at the open door forcing police to wrestle him to the ground.

Taylor pleaded guilty at the Ipswich District Court to two counts of serious assault on police, one count of creating a public nuisance and three counts of assaulting police.

He had served 120 days in custody before being sentenced.

Judge Deborah Richards said the time he'd spent behind bars was "biggest factor in his favour".

Judge Richards sentenced him to 18 months prison, and granted immediate parole with the 120 days pre-sentence custody declared time already served.

Taylor was ordered to undergo random drug tests as part of the parole order.

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