Man abuses, spits on two officers

A MAN who ran out in front of an on-coming vehicle, before abusing and spitting on two police officers expressed remorse for his actions in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Daniel James Kuiper, 24, of Grevillea Avenue in Innes Park, was charged with five offences including two charges of serious assault on a police officer, a public nuisance offence and two obstruct police offences following an incident in Bargara on Wednesday night.

He applied for bail in the court on Friday.

Police were called to Woongarra Scenic Drive where they found Kuiper lying on a nature strip with his jeans around his knees.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Barry Stevens, said people had witnessed the man wailing and hitting himself before police arrived.

“He was unable to provide clearly his details, he tried to spell every word,” Sgt Stevens said.

“He suddenly jumped up and ran onto Woongarra Scenic Drive in the path of an on-coming vehicle,” Sgt Stevens said.

Police removed him from the road before he was placed on an ambulance stretcher.

Sgt Stevens said he was restrained with straps on the stretcher when he turned his head and spat at a female police officer.

The spittle landed on her upper left shoulder and sprayed across her face.

The court was told he spat again at a male police officer.Defence lawyer Edwina Rowan said her client was remorseful following his actions.

“He had been consuming alcohol and has a limited recollection of what occurred,” she said.

The court was told Kuiper cares for his wife, who suffers from severe depression.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted bail and the case was adjourned until January 8.



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