A YOUNG man with adult ADHD who refused to co-operate with Warrnambool police, forcing intervention by six officers to control him, has been fined $1000.
Rodney Merrett, 19, of Peterborough Road, Timboon, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to five counts of resisting police, as well as charges of behaving in an offensive manner, assaulting police and being drunk.
He was convicted and fined $1000, with $110.40 costs, and banned from attending central Warrnambool between 9pm and 6am for 12 months unless accompanied by a parent. Police alleged that at 1.50am on August 25 officers were flagged down in Timor Street and told that an intoxicated man was being abusive and offensive.
Police arrested Merrett for being drunk but he resisted being placed in the back of a divisional van by kicking out at the van door.
When the van arrived at the police station, he initially refused to co-operate.
Merrett threatened to assault a police officer, head butted a wall and had to be physically restrained. He then threatened to headbutt another police officer and lunged back in a head-butting motion. It took six officers to restrain Merrett and he was still resisting.
Defence counsel Tony Robinson said Merrett had gone to The Whalers Hotel, where he consumed an unknown amount of alcohol.
The court heard that Merrett had previously been diagnosed with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt told Merrett that life may be more difficult because he suffered ADHD but he still had to be responsible for his own behaviour.
He said if Merrett was misbehaving in public then police were required to stop that for his safety and for the safety of the public.
Mr Klestadt said it was fortunate there were no serious injuries caused as a result of his conduct.