Woman arrested after making 'spitting motion' at cops
A 31-year-old mum of four yelled "I want to get locked up, just arrest me" as police tried to move her away from residents in a house she threatened to "burn down".
Samantha Smith pleaded guilty to three charges at Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 7 including public nuisance and obstruct and assault a police officer.
The court heard on November 9, 2020 at 12.30pm, police were called to a Pialba address in relation to a disturbance involving Smith, several adults and children.
Smith agreed to leave the house and was "given time to pack her belongings and collect an item from her ex partner", the prosecution said.
When Smith left the she yelled from the footpath: "don't touch my s--t or I'll burn you all down".
The prosecution told the court police warned Smith she would be arrested if she continued to yell offensive language to which she responded "I want to get locked up, just arrest me".
The court heard Smith continued to swear and yell obscenities at the residents at the house.
As police continued to move her along Smith stated "I'm not going to let these c--ts manhandle me" and turned back toward the house.
A policeman used his arm to block her path when Smith then "made a spitting motion" towards the officer and was arrested.
Lawyer Michael Riedel made it clear that "she didn't actually spit".
He said the "ex partner" referred to was still her partner who was sitting in court on the day as support.
"In essence they simply had a dispute which got out of hand and she lost it," he said.
"She has a lot going on for her at the moment, she instructs me that her grandfather passed away in August and her nephew passed away in October."
The court heard Smith "really regrets this happening" and has since taken a variety of measures to address her issues including an anger management and mental health program.
Magistrate Stephen Guttridge fined Smith $650 and a conviction was recorded.