Drink drive mum bites policeman
A COURT has heard a woman bit a Warwick police officer who was trying to arrest her, while her teenage son threatened officers with a hammer.
Jane Francis Higgins broke the skin of a constable's arm in the early hours of January 21, resulting in him having to be tested for infectious diseases.
Defence lawyer Daniel Habermann told the court the 48-year-old woman had none of her own teeth and used her sole denture to break the officer's skin.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa argued that was irrelevant to the case, stating one tooth could cause as much damage as a full set.
The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard officers approached Higgins after observing her drive into her driveway.
After ascertaining Higgins was unlicensed, officers asked Higgins to undergo a breathalyser test, returning a reading of 0.077.
The court heard Higgins berated police with obscenities and was kicking and screaming as she accused police of "picking on her".
Snr Const de Lissa said the woman's 14-year-old son then approached police with a hammer above his head and demanded police let his mother go.
It was at that point the woman plunged her tooth into the constable's arm, breaking the skin and causing it to bleed.
The officer underwent tests and the results were clear.
Higgins yesterday pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including serious assault on a police officer, obstruct police, public nuisance, drink driving and unlicensed driving.
"I can fully understand the angst of the police officer - waiting for the results to come through must have been very distressing," Magistrate Lee said.
Higgins was sentenced to three months jail, wholly suspended for six months and fined $600.