Meddling drunk gets arrested
A MAN who intervened in a matter between police and youths ended up getting himself arrested for being a public nuisance.
Cameron Charles Sloan, 39, saw police talking to a group of young people regarding a begging complaint at an Ipswich shopping centre on October 12.
Sloan approached the group and started shouting profanities at the police officers, with young children in earshot.
He complained to police his taxpayer's money was being spent on their wages and continued to swear loudly.
Police asked him to state his name and address but Sloan refused and became uncooperative.
He was arrested and put in a marked police vehicle, where he attempted to hit his head against the window.
Sloan eventually calmed down and became compliant.
Defence lawyer Erin Beer told Ipswich Magistrates Court her client "mouthed off" after he believed he saw "police hassling young children".
Mr Beer said Sloan was heavily intoxicated at the time after an argument with his partner, but he eventually calmed down and apologised to police.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Sloan not to get involved in things that weren't his business.
"It's public nuisance that borders on obstructing police," Ms Sturgess said.
Sloan was fined $300.