Man threatens to spit on cops, threw away bag of drugs
A GATTON man has no recollection that he threatened to spit on police and smash police printing equipment.
Carlos Eduardo Caceres was thrown into a cell at the Gatton Police station to prevent him damaging police property or assaulting the cops.
But he continued to scream abuse and refused to calm down.
"I drink a little too much, I mixed my drinks that night with other alcohol - I had a couple of shots," Caceres, 53, told the Gatton Magistrates Court.
"I'm very sorry, I don't know what happened, I can't remember nothing."
Police received three calls about Caceres's behaviour on August 9, where he was unwelcomely in a van at the rear of a Gatton property.
When police arrived at 9.30pm, they detected he was heavily affected by alcohol when walking down the driveway, police prosecutor senior constable Narelle Lowe told the court.
"The defendant removed a clip seal bag from his pocket and threw it onto the grass next to the driveway," she said.
It contained 11 grams of cannabis.
Caceres was taken to the Gatton police station, where he became extremely abusive and threatening towards police.
"The defendant was seen to slam his hands down on the bench a number of times in a threatening way," Snr Const Lowe said.
Despite being locked in a cell, Caceres continued his abusive behaviour and threatened to spit on police.
He was taken to the Toowoomba Watchhouse until August 10, and when he was sober enough, answered questions by police.
He was charged with one count of obstructing a police officer and one possession of a dangerous drug.
"I had too many drinks … I have never before abused police, I don't remember what happened," Caceres said.
"I've been trying to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
"I have a job, work every day. I lost two weeks wages just from doing that."
He plead guilty to the charges.
Caceres was told by magistrate Robert Tuura that he was lucky he didn't end up in jail.
"The most serious crime is obstructing police - they had a job to do that night," Mr Tuura said.
"You're so lucky you're not in bigger trouble - if you spat on police it starts with a jail sentence."
Caceres was fined $400 for the possession of dangerous drug, $600 for obstructing police, both referred to SPER.
No conviction was recorded.