Man who exposes himself then throws Lego avoids jail

A HERVEY Bay man has narrowly avoided jail after he exposed his backside to other drivers, entered Pialba Place Shopping Centre drunk and threw objects at shoppers.

Point Vernon resident Anthony Stewert Drinan , 29, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to two counts of committing a public nuisance, common assault, driving under the influence of liquor and driving without a licence.

Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris told the court that at 11.05am on August 31 Anthony Stewert Drinan was driving his Holden station wagon on Hunter St when he cut off a Toyota Landcruiser.

Drinan blocked the road with his Holden, got out and walked to the Landcruiser.

He then reached through its open window and pulled the driver's seatbelt.

"The defendant has continued with his violent and aggressive behaviour by smashing on the driver's side window numerous times with a closed fist," Snr Const Grigoris said.

When that was unsuccessful, he pulled a windscreen wiper off.

As Drinan walked back to his vehicle he pulled his pants down and exposed his bottom to the victim and other people.

The Holden was then parked in the Pialba Place Shopping Centre carpark and Drinan and another male entered the shopping centre with cans of beer, bumping into other shoppers while swearing and talking loudly.

Inside Big W, the two men threw bags of Lego over shelving, striking a shopper.

After police arrested Drinan, a blood alcohol test registered 0.232%.

Drinan's lawyer Sarah Laikind told the court Drinan's boat was stolen the day before and said "he was not a happy camper".

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge sentenced Drinan to one month's jail, suspended for one year, on the assault charge.

For the public nuisance and driving charges, he was fined $2000.

His licence was disqualified for 18 months for drink-driving and six months for unlicensed driving.