Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spitter Lost It at Hotel; Unruly Patron Kicked out, Arrested Following Brawl at Pub

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Spitter Lost It at Hotel; Unruly Patron Kicked out, Arrested Following Brawl at Pub

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@qt.com.au

AN ANGRY man who slapped a police officer in a midnight outburst was arrested and put in the back of a security police pod.

An Ipswich court this week heard how Joshua Priggins then spat over the windows of the vehicle.

The pod had to be cleaned at a cost of $50 before police could use it again.

Priggins, 19, from Bundamba, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to assaulting a police officer on April 28 at Booval; obstructing a police officer; and wilfully damaging police property.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said police received a call from security staff at the Racehorse Hotel about 12.30am, saying two males had been fighting in the bar and had been removed.

Police arrived and began speaking to Priggins, who had bloodshot eyes.

A police officer (female) tried to de-escalate his behaviour in the carpark but he slapped her hand.

As another officer moved in, Priggins struck him in the chest with the open palm of his hand. …

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