Disqualified and fined $1,000 — Damien Swan, seen leaving court yesterday. *Photo by Coggie Gibbons
Disqualified and fined $1,000 — Damien Swan, seen leaving court yesterday. *Photo by Coggie Gibbons
Police officers sprayed a Warwick man with incapacitant spray following a high-speed chase this summer while he was fighting with them to get away, Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

Damien Wayne Swan, 22, of Lusher Hill pleaded guilty to violently resisting arrest on Jun 28 in Warwick.

He also admitted refusing to provide breath samples to the police on Jun 28 after his arrest for impaired driving.

Crown Counsel Robert Welling told the court that Mr. Swan blew past the officers at South Road on a motorcycle at night, his helmet unfastened and his headlight out.

Attempts to stop him failed as he first zoomed onto the forecourt of the Warwick Shell gas station then sped out, narrowly missing a second police car.

Mr. Swan reportedly next zipped onto Billy Goat Hill where he lost control, fell and ran off.

His escape bid ended at a wooden fence where, the prosecutor said, the officers caught him.

Lashing out with both fists, the defendant tried fighting them off, so they doused him with 'Captor' spray to subdue him.

During the struggle the officers smelled liquor on Mr. Swan.

"I didn't pass no police car," he was said to have replied when arrested, "and I'm not drunk, so f*** off."

At Hamilton Police Station, despite demands for breath samples, he refused to provide them.

He had nothing to say in court.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined him $1,000, disqualified him from driving all motor vehicles for a year and awarded him 10 demerit points.