'She wanted attention': Crash tackle target defends actions
THE man at the centre of a viral textbook tackle by a top Sunshine Coast cop defended his actions outside court yesterday.
Hungarian father-of-two Laszlo Fekete was arrested Wednesday after it was alleged he heckled Charlotte Grace Scells outside the Maroochydore Police Station.
Fekete said of Wednesday's incident he had told Scells she was pretty and asked if she wanted to get coffee.
"She was wearing a mini skirt so she wants attention for herself," Fekete said.
Scells, 19, had been through court earlier on Wednesday on a separate matter, convicted of unlawful use of a vehicle and stealing. Sunshine Coast CIB officer-in-charge Daren Edwards subsequently tackled Fekete to the ground in the middle of a police media conference, after the young woman's father chased Fekete away from his daughter.
Fekete appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday charged with public nuisance and stalking.
The stalking charge was dropped, with no evidence provided.
Fekete became confused when magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist asked him whether or not he understood the public nuisance charge.
"I don't understand, what did I do? Fekete said. "In Hungary it's quite normal, you can walk around and talk to people."
Fekete was consulted by his lawyer Ben Rynderman and, after it was made clear his stalking charge had been dropped, Fekete pleaded guilty to the public nuisance charge.
Mr Rynderman said Fekete was in Australia on a student visa studying business at Mooloolaba Tafe, and was remorseful for his actions.
Mr Stjernqvist said the facts of the incident were "not normal".
Fekete was fined $300, no conviction was recorded.
Outside court Mr Rynderman said Laszlo was unaware the incident had been viewed by thousands online, because he had spent the night at Maroochydore watch house.
"A lot has been made of what happened yesterday, everyone's certainly seen that," he said.
"It was certainly spectacular."
Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said moments after Fekete interrupted the press conference, he heard screams of "I'm going to kill you" and turned to see the man sprinting full-tilt towards him, as the young woman's father chased after him.
"So I dropped the shoulder and tackled him," Snr Sgt Edwards said.
The tackle has gone viral on social media since the event, with many praising Snr Sgt Edwards' devastatingly effective tackle.
"It's one of those instinct things," he said.
"You have those football playing days where you have a bit of an instinct of how to take down a man running straight at you."