Australia Day reveller who attracted police attention after fighting with a bouncer tries to hide in thick mud – but quickly comes unstuck when officers are forced to rescue him
- A man, 21, tried to run away from police during Australia Day celebrations
- He was at a venue in Cairns when he got into an argument with bouncers
- The man left the venue but police found him a short time later hiding in mud
- He stumbled in the mud before reaching his arm out and asking for help
A 21-year-old man who tried to run away from police duringcelebrations got stuck in the mud while hiding before officers had to rescue him.
The Victorian man was partying in Cairns on Tuesday night when he got into a verbal disagreement with bouncers and other patrons at a bar on Shields Street.
He left the venue but police found him a short time later hiding in mud and water under the Cairns Esplanade boardwalk.
The 21-year-old man was found by police hiding in mud and water under the Cairns Esplanade boardwalk
‘The man ended up a little stuck in the mud and requested police assistance to get him out,’ Constable Matt Cornish said.
Police bodycam footage shows one of the officers telling the man he is being arrested for ‘public nuisance and fighting’.
The man stumbled awkwardly in the mud, before reaching his arm out and asking for help out of the water.
The officer assisted him, before handcuffing him and putting him into the back of the police paddy wagon.
He was issued with two infringement notices, one each for public nuisance and obstructing police.
Overall Queensland Police said they were ‘extremely pleased’ with the behaviour of locals on Australia Day.
Among Tuesday’s arrests were four protesters who were dragged away in handcuffs while attending a demonstration in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
More than 5000 people descended on the Domain near the city’s CBD to call for the date of Australia Day to be changed.
Relations between police and protesters were friendly during most of the event, with officers even snapping selfies with some participants, but turned ugly when some of the crowd moved to Hyde Park after the rally ended.
The man stumbled awkwardly in the mud, before reaching his arm out and asking for help out of the water
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