By George! That’s no way to behave

July 12, 2017

A WOMAN called a police officer ‘‘Boy George’’ when she refused to move her car out of the way during a house fire.

Donna Jones, 62, appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to obstructing emergency workers.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sally Mannell told the court emergency workers were attending a house fire in Rochester on March 9.

‘‘The accused drove into Johnston St and over the hose coming from the fire truck,’’ she said.

‘‘She was asked to reverse out of the way but refused and remained in the car with the engine still running.

‘‘Fire fighters called over the police as she continued to refuse to move her car where she was warned she would be removed from the car if she didn’t comply.

‘‘She refused and called the police officer Boy George.’’

Snr Constable Mannell said Jones was forcibly removed from the car and the vehicle was moved out of the way.

‘‘The accused was uncooperative with police,’’ she said.

The court heard Jones was on her way to the laundromat at the time and claims she received bruising from the officers removing her from the car.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill sounded a note of concern.

‘‘Members of emergency services don’t ask you to do something for nothing,’’ he said. ‘‘I find your behaviour somewhat offensive and you showed a lack of respect for those emergency workers.’’

Mr Cottrill fined Jones $750 without conviction.

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