One woman's Carnival of Flowing abuse

SOME patrons complained about the price of attending the Carnival of Flowers' premier event, but for one Mt Lofty woman the Flower, Food and Wine Festival proved a very expensive experience.

Security staff had been trying to help a woman who had passed out at the event when a drunken Carla Sherie Berg, a friend of the woman, stepped in and hurled obscenities at the security staff.

Continuing her abuse in front of festival patrons, security staff took hold of the 32-year-old who struggled with officers as she was led to the exit, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Two police officers on foot patrol stepped in to help the security staff only for the woman to turn her attention to them, yelling obscenities at them, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden told the court.

During the ensuing struggle, Berg had slapped one policeman across the face and tried to kick out at the other as she was led to the police vehicle.

As she was being placed into the police vehicle, a crowd of patrons nearby applauded, Sergeant Bugden said.

She was taken to the police station where she recorded a breath/alcohol reading of 0.135 and spent four hours in the watch house, Sgt Bugden told the court.

Berg pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruct/assault police in a licensed premises while adversely affected by liquor, and one each of public nuisance within a licensed premises, fail to leave licensed premises, drunk or disorderly, and assault/obstruct police within a licensed premises.

Her solicitor Brad Skuse told the court his client had no previous criminal history at all and that she was very embarrassed by the incident which were out of character for her.

His client was drunk at the time and had no recollection of assaulting police officers but by her pleas of guilty she accepted the crown facts, he said.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck ordered no convictions be recorded and fined Berg $1150 and ordered she do 60 hours of unpaid community service.


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