Car smashed as payback for assault at a Miriam Vale pub

A FAMILY visit turned ugly after a bar-room brawl ended in a man taking to a car with a hammer in a drunken revenge.

Martin Douglas Coote, 55, pleaded guilty to singular counts of driving under the influence of liquor, wilful damage and two counts of assault or obstruct a police officer in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Police attended a Miriam Vale address after an assault had taken place at the Miriam Vale Hotel earlier in the day.

Officers observed Coote returning to the property and located a hammer he used to damage a car at another address about 20 minutes prior, as payback after being assaulted at the pub.

The prosecution said Coote raised his fists and threatened to assault officers in the process of arresting him.

Defence solicitor Megan Creaser said her client had been at the pub with his step-daughter who had come to visit Coote and she said there had been previous tension between Coote and his attacker due to a long-term dispute.

Coote was convicted for the drink driving charge, fined $1200 and disqualified from obtaining a licence for six months.

For the remaining charges Coote was fined $750 and ordered to pay restitution of $1827.29 for damage to the vehicle.

He avoided a conviction.