She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house
A BUCASIA woman busted shifting her car to avoid a parking fine while close to four times the legal alcohol limit punched and bit a police officer when told she'd spend the night in a cell.
Tiffany Justine Sara Courtenay, 27, drew attention of police when she performed a wonky park in Mackay city centre after drinking at The Dispensary.
After failing an initial breath test, Courtenay was taken to Mackay Police Station, where she recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.183.
When told she'd be taken to Mackay Watch-house, Courtenay lashed out, prosecutor Sheena Hayes told Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Courtenay fronted the court pleading guilty to serious assault of police and driving under the influence on December 3, 2017.
Ms Hayes said Courtenay broke the skin of a constable when she bit him, leaving a swollen, red injury.
"She has become hysterical and frustrated ... and with two closed fists, in a hammerfist style, has proceeded to strike (the officer) to the chest, causing him to stumble backwards," she said.
"The defendant has escalated in her behaviour towards police, causing them to restrain her by grabbing both of her arms. A struggle has then commenced and it was at this time the defendant has bitten (the officer) on the forearm ... "
Defence solicitor Geoff Govey, of Taylors Solicitors, said his client - an aspiring nurse - did not have any criminal history, was "extremely remorseful" and had forwarded an apology.
He added Courtenay had depression, had sought counselling and had quit drinking.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer criticised Courtenay's behaviour and said police were not "punching or biting bags"
Courtenay was fined $3500 and agreed to pay $1250 compensation.
No conviction was recorded for the assault.
Mr Dwyer also disqualified Courtenay's licence for 12 months.