Drunk driver backhands policewoman after crash
A DRUNK driver crashed his car while four times the limit before backhanding a police woman who arrived at the scene.
Adam Whybrow, 44, was driving along Caloundra Rd at Caloundra about 1.30am on October 21 when he crashed a Honda Jazz into an embankment.
Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer said Whybrow and a woman were standing at the scene when police arrived.
They were unsteady on their feet, appeared "dishevelled" and seemed as though they were under the influence of liquor.
The woman told police she was the driver and had crashed their car on the way home to Mooloolaba after they "drank a lot of alcohol".
Police took up with witnesses who said Whybrow was "definitely the driver".
"The witnesses stated the male was in the driver's seat when the vehicle came to a stop and he became aggressive towards them when one of the witnesses approached the vehicle to check on their welfare," Senior Constable Brewer said.
Whybrow was breath tested and a female officer told him to stay seated as he became belligerent.
"He used his right hand to backhand and assault (the constable) by backhanding her left wrist and arm area causing pain," Const Brewer said.
"It was noted that she sustained bruising to her left wrist area."
Whybrow returned a breath alcohol concentration of 0.208 per cent.
Whybrow pleaded guilty at Caloundra Magistrates Court today to driving under the influence of liquor and assaulting a police officer.
He previously served jail time for assault in 2018.
Lawyer Neesha Maidwell said Whybrow left home at 12 and alcohol had been a problem throughout his upbringing.
Ms Maidwell told magistrate Stephanie Tonkin that Whybrow had no previous convictions for assaulting a police officer.
"Well sure Ms Maidwell, he hasn't assaulted a police officer but there's imprisonment of 12 months for assault occasioning bodily harm in 2018 which doesn't reflect well on him," Ms Tonkin said.
"It shows he has a propensity for violence."
Whybrow was fined $1400 and disqualified from driving for 9 months for driving under the influence of liquor.
He was fined $450 for assaulting the police officer and ordered to pay $500 in compensation to the officer.
The convictions were recorded.