Wannabe cop busted for pretending to be an officer
AN ASPIRING boy in blue has escaped a recorded conviction after he pretended to be a police officer on two separate occasions.
Thomas Jack Javernig, 21, called PoliceLink claiming to be a police officer during two different nights out in Airlie Beach, behaviour Magistrate James Morton labelled as "total nonsense".
Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told Proserpine Magistrates Court the Daydream Island chef first stated he was a former police officer during a call on July 4.
"He said he observed drunk people getting into a car and that he needed police presence right now," Sgt Myors said.
His lie was caught out when he called Policelink again on July 16, stating he was a probationary officer and was about to become a police officer.
Javernig later pleaded guilty to two counts of assuming the description of a police officer.
Solicitor Peta Vernon said Javernig had done something similar in the past, when his girlfriend at the time put a flashing light on top of his car, while he drove.
An embarrassed Javernig told the court he still wanted to be a police officer as he "wanted to be on the streets helping people," and blamed being drunk for his misleading phone calls.
Mr Morton said the crime, although somewhat laughable, was still a serious offence, especially when considering Javernig's repeat history.
"Being intoxicated is no excuse, but it is an explanation for your stupidity," Mr Morton said.
"The fact you want to report a crime is to be commended but you can't go around pretending to be police."
Javernig was fined $650 with a default of four days in prison. Convictions were not recorded.