Woman attacked arresting officer by grabbing her hair
A WOMAN who dragged a female police officer who was trying to handcuff her boyfriend has been fined.
Melissa Catherine White, 22, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday to public nuisance, serious assault on a police officer and two counts of assaulting or obstructing a police officer.
The court heard White, a customer relations officer for a bank, was part of a group who were partying in Fortitude Valley just before midnight on Saturday, May 4.
The group got out of a stretched Hummer rental car on McLaughlin St in the Valley and was approached by Brisbane City Council officers about the car.
The group gathered around the officers, causing police to get involved.
The court heard a member of the group became belligerent and abusive towards the officers and police, causing police to try to handcuff one of them.
White then twice pushed with an open hand in an attempt to prevent handcuffs being placed on one of the men in the group.
Then in another attempt to stop one of the men - her boyfriend - from being arrested, grabbed the hair of a female officer and dragged her away.
The court heard White's actions caused back injuries the officer had previously suffered to flare up.
Police then moved to arrest White, who lashed out and kicked an officer in the knee.
Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said White was "deeply embarrassed and remorseful for her actions on the night".
Magistrate Michael Quinn said: "Your behaviour on this occasion was disgraceful in the extreme. Police have got more important things to do with their time than to be assaulted and be punching bags by people who have had an excessive amount to drink."
The court heard White had no criminal history and having a conviction recorded would cause her to lose her job at the bank.
White was fined $750 and ordered pay $300 compensation for pain and suffering to the officer. No conviction was recorded.