Crime stopped by restaurant worker

A WATCHFUL member of the community stopped a drunk man from getting behind the wheel of a car twice in one night, a court has heard.

A restaurant worker called police on Saturday when she saw 36-year-old Adam Peter O'Connor, who appeared to be drunk, get into a car with a cask of wine in his hand.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said when confronted by the woman, O'Connor fled the scene.

But he did not stay away for long, later returning to again be confronted by the same woman.

Police later located O'Connor, who was in possession of a screwdriver, which officers believe he used to start the car.

O'Connor yesterday faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering a motor vehicle to commit an offence.

Barrister Nick Larter appeared for O'Connor and said it was an early plea.

"He has no history," Mr Larter said.

"There was no damage to the vehicle."

Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined him $360.

She did not record a conviction.



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