Woman claims to be sober, kicks officer in stomach

A fun night out with sisters ends in arrest after officer assaulted.
A fun night out with sisters ends in arrest after officer assaulted. Fotoember

WHAT was supposed to be a fun night out with her sister ended in arrest for a woman who assaulted a police officer.

In September, Megan Goodwin, 23, was out on Ocean St, Maroochydore when police spotted her talking to the back of a security guard at Peak Wine Bar, a court has heard.

The guard told officers Goodwin had been escorted out, but was refusing to leave.

She adamantly told police she wasn't drunk and only had two drinks, but her sister needed to hand over her licence which Goodwin kept snatching from the officer's hand while they were filling out a report.

The action got her arrested, but she struggled against officers and went limp forcing them to carry her to the patrol car.

Once inside, she began kicking and hit an officer in the hip and stomach.

Goodwin pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday to single counts of obstruct police and assault police.

Her lawyer said Goodwin was trying to leave the venue, but had left her phone inside which was why she was trying to talk to security.

Goodwin's doctor, who has been treating her for various personal issues, said in a letter to the court they were "surprised" to see her in trouble with the law.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin warned Goodwin that even if she had a problem with how she was being dealt with by police, during her arrest was not the time to protest.

"We don't know if they just came from a fatal accident, or just told someone their child has died," Ms Baldwin said.

"I'm not saying they're perfect."

Ms Baldwin ordered Goodwin to a eight-month, $800 good behaviour bond.

No convictions were recorded.

Topics:  court crime maroochydore magistrates court ocean st police assault safe night precinct

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