Escaping prisoner 'bites cop'

A PRISONER'S desperate bid for freedom landed him in more trouble in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Martin Hyatt, 24, will now face charges for assaulting police officers after leaping over the dock and trying to escape the courtroom. Hyatt's girlfriend screamed “no, baby, no” as he jumped the dock's barricade and made toward the doorway.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras and another officer tackled Hyatt to the ground, wrestled him under the prosecutor's desk and struggled to contain the aggressive prisoner until back-up from the adjoining station arrived. At one stage Constable Daubaras was heard yelling, “Stop biting! Stop biting!”

A Queensland Ambulance spokesman said Constable Daubaras had a 4cm laceration above his left eye, which required stitches, and an abrasion to his left arm.

He said the other police officer was not transported to hospital.

The escape attempt came after Magistrate Neil Lavaring refused Hyatt's bail application.

Prior to the escape attempt, there were 47 charges listed against Hyatt, including dangerous operation of a vehicle, escape by persons in lawful custody, possessing dangerous drugs and stealing.

Most were in relation to a police chase that ended in a siege in Bareenong Street, Glen Eden in July this year, which sent the entire street into lockdown overnight.

“While on the run from police, he almost ran over a police officer,” Constable Daubaras said during the application.

Mr Pepito said, if released, Hyatt would be living at a permanent address near a police station in Rockhampton.

He refused the bail application, saying Hyatt was an unacceptable risk.



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