A Bowen woman threw two cigarettes at a police officer, then later punched an officer in the arm. Photo: File
A Bowen woman threw two cigarettes at a police officer, then later punched an officer in the arm. Photo: File

Bowen woman jailed for police assault and false declaration

A Bowen woman has been jailed after punching a police officer, yelling "f--- you, lock me up", and later providing a false declaration to the station.

Claire Anne Bauer landed in "hot water" just two months after she was given a suspended jail sentence.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Bowen Magistrates Court the chain of offences started on November 29.

Bauer refused to stop her red Ford Falcon for police and then officers found her at the Bowen Hospital car park.

The court heard Bauer did a roadside breath test, which was positive, and was detained for a secondary analysis.

"She was slurring and belligerent and yelling, 'f--- you, lock me up," Sen-Constable Rowe said.

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Sen-Constable Rowe said Bauer was taken to the police station and she tried to put a ciggie in her mouth after getting out of the cop car, when police told her she was not allowed.

She then swore again at police and threw two cigarettes at an officer.

Bauer did not do a second breath test and instead continued swearing at police and throwing her arms around, then hit a different officer in the arm with her fist.

A little later she again swung her first and hit a light device on an officer's arm, all the while claiming she was not the one driving the vehicle earlier in the night.

Sen-Constable Rowe said a couple of months later, in January, Bauer gave a statutory declaration stating her vehicle was stolen in December.

However, she later provided a different stat dec saying the vehicle was stolen in November.

A Bowen woman refused to provide a breath specimen at the police station. Photo: File
A Bowen woman refused to provide a breath specimen at the police station. Photo: File

Sen-Constable Rowe said Bauer had been given a suspended jail sentence two months before evading and assaulting the officers.

"She puts the community in danger by behaving in this way and she has previously been given a range of sentencing options," Sen-Constable Rowe said.

Bauer pleaded guilty to multiple charges including assaulting police, obstructing police, failing to provide a breath specimen and providing a false declaration.

Defence lawyer Cleo Rewald said the 36-year-old woman had been working at Larrikin Hotel that night but was later assaulted by her sister.

When police caught up with Bauer at the hospital, she thought they were going to ask her about the assault.

Police found Bauer in the hospital car park. Photo: File
Police found Bauer in the hospital car park. Photo: File

"Unfortunately she had alcohol on board as well as the emotions running high," Ms Rewald said.

Ms Rewald said Bauer had gotten the dates on her stat dec confused, but Magistrate James Morton pointed out she also lied about the car being stolen.

"Unfortunately it is going to be a lesson that she needs to learn here," Ms Rewald said.

"She accepts obviously that she was driving hence the plea of guilty to the disqualified drive as well as the fail to provide (a specimen).

"Her interactions with police on this particular night were certainly inappropriate."

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Mr Morton told Bauer he had made it clear last year she would be in "hot water" if she drove again, because she had been disqualified.

"I have got no doubt you are a hardworking person …. but you made a serious decision to get behind the wheel of a car," Mr Morton said.

"Then you make a false declaration.

"I can see the pattern of how it has played out here."

Mr Morton activated Bauer's three-month suspended sentence, which was added to a new sentence of six months' jail.

A parole release date was set for April 21 this year and Bauer was also disqualified from driving for five years.


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