Fine for kicking cop in face

A WARWICK woman whose drunken outburst saw a police officer kicked in the face and ended with a stint in a padded watchhouse cell has appeared in court to face three charges related to the incident.

Alana Utz fronted Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to assaulting police, drug possession and being drunk and disorderly.

The court heard the 40-year-old’s night out took a turn for the worse when she became embroiled in an altercation with a fellow patron.

At around 9.40pm on August 2, police were called to a Warwick licensed premises in response to a report a female patron was “going off” and refusing requests for her to leave.

Officers approached an intoxicated Utz, who was described as being aggressive and abusive towards police.

She was subsequently handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle.

The court heard that while inside the police vehicle, Utz laid across the back seat and repeatedly kicked the passenger-side window.

At one point an officer opened the door and was kicked in the face by the defendant, the court was told.

She was taken back to the watchhouse and due to her persistent aggression, was placed in a padded cell.

Police officers searched Utz’s clothing while she was in the cell and located a small clipseal bag containing a small amount of cannabis.

Defence counsel for Utz told the court the woman bought the cannabis after the psychiatrist who had been treating her “disappeared”.

It was heard the cannabis was a form of self-medication for Utz – who was visibly upset and teary throughout yesterday’s proceeding – and that she had been battling mental conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, panic attacks and anxiety.

Magistrate Anne Thacker fined Utz $200 and placed her on nine months probation.

It was also ordered that Utz undergo psychiatric assessment and treatment, as required.

A conviction was recorded.

via : Warwick Daily News

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