Luke Anthony Woods leaves Rocky courthouse. Photo: Contributed
Luke Anthony Woods leaves Rocky courthouse. Photo: Contributed

Court hears Mt Morgan man tried to 'bear hug' police officer

MOUNT Morgan's Luke Anthony Woods won't be "bear hugging" police officers any time soon after his appearance in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Woods was given a stern warning by Magistrate Cameron Press about his future actions following his drunken antics late last month.

Woods copped a 60 hour community service order as punishment for his "bear hugging" and "half-hearted punch" attempts.

A conviction wasn't recorded.

Speaking outside court, Woods said he was happy with the result and felt he got a fair hearing from Magistrate Press.

"It was all just a bit of love," Woods said referring to the incident on Tuesday, March 29.

In court he pleaded guilty to one charge of assault or obstructing a police officer in a public place while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick said Woods had attempted to bear hug a police officer twice and also thrown a "half-hearted punch" in the direction of an officer's stomach after police were called to a disturbance in Mt Morgan.

The court heard minimal contact was made on three occasions. Woods, representing himself, said he'd been celebrating a mate's birthday.

"What can I say?" Woods said.

"The night of the incident I was intoxicated. I'd had a mate's birthday and I'd taken the day off work. We started on it (drinking) pretty early."

The court heard Woods had committed a similar offence in October last year and was placed on a community service order for this in November.

Woods requested to be placed on a good behaviour bond rather than a community service order.

However, Magistrate Press said legislation introduced under the previous state government meant a community service order had to be imposed.