Jail stint for violence

A MAN who violently resisted arrest, causing cuts and bruising to a female police officer, will spend four months in prison.

Barry James Palmer, 49, and another man fled the scene of an accident at Bellbird Park at 8.45pm on March 17.

When located by police a short time later both men were aggressive and appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of a drug.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Palmer refused to return to the scene of the crash and wouldn't give officers his name.

The pair eventually returned, but both refused to say who had been driving the car when it crashed. As Palmer's belligerence escalated, police tried to arrest him and the other man for public nuisance.

Palmer grabbed a female senior constable by her shirt and started twisting the collar, causing her difficulty breathing.

Palmer also began screaming out profanities at bystanders and then tried to grab the police radio during the struggle.

The bystander had to help get Palmer off the officer and Palmer continued to rant obscenities and refused to give his name.

He was arrested and taken to the Ipswich watchhouse.

The police officer was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics for lacerations to her neck and chest, and she had bruising to her arms and wrist.

Palmer, who has a four-page criminal history, pleaded guilty to serious assault on police, obstructing police and public nuisance.

He was jailed for 12 months and will be released on parole on October 21.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted Palmer had been given the benefit of immediate parole for similar offences against police in the past.

Mr Stjernqvist said due to the "overwhelmingly serious nature" of the offence and Palmer's criminal history, actual jail time was necessary.

He said police should not have to put up with being "set upon" by people when they were trying to do their jobs.



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