Man struck cop with tyre lever

A DRUNKEN Jarrod Edward Torrisi struck a policeman five times with a tyre lever claiming he had mistaken the officer for his ex-de facto wife's new boyfriend.

Police called to the Newtown home of Torrisi's ex-partner about 1.30am, April 25, found the power to the house had been turned off and when they went to check the meter box found Torrisi lying face-down on the ground.

Torrisi, 21, of Brisbane, woke to find police handcuffing him and a struggled ensued during which he took a tyre lever that he had been lying on and swung it at the two officers, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Prosecutor Sergeant Karen Kroon told the court Torrisi had struck one officer five times in the upper arm before he was disarmed and arrested.

Despite police being in full uniform and having identified themselves as officers, Torrisi told them he thought in the dark it was his ex-partner's new boyfriend whom he had fully intended striking with the tyre lever, the court heard.

Torrisi had spent 36 days since his arrest in custody before fronting the court this week to plead guilty to serious assault of police, trespassing, obstructing police, sending threatening phone messages to his ex-partner's boyfriend and breaching court orders.

Magistrate Damian Carroll sentenced Torrisi to the 36 days he had already spent in custody and placed him on 18 months probation.

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