Tasers trump knife in drunken stand-off with police

HAVING allegedly pulled a knife on police, a Toowoomba man thought better of it when officers drew their taser guns prompting him to drop the weapon, the city's Magistrates Court heard.

Police called to a disturbance at a Dalgleish St, South Toowoomba, residence on Thursday night were confronted by a drunken Adrian Joseph Howe.

When he allegedly took a step toward police while holding a knife, the officers drew their taser guns and Howe thrust the knife into a bench, the court heard.

He was taken into custody and spent the night in the watch house before fronting the court yesterday.

His solicitor Claire Graham said her client instructed he was very drunk at the time and had little recollection of events.

Her client had alcohol issues as well as mental health problems for which he was medicated but, unfortunately, he hadn't been taking his medication, she said.

Ms Graham said should her client be granted bail he would live with his parents in Warwick while on remand and abide by all bail conditions.

He was not required to enter any pleas to two counts of serious assault of police.

Magistrate Kay Ryan granted him bail with strict conditions including reporting to police in Warwick twice a week, abstaining from any alcohol and submitting to random breath testing by police, and complying with his mental health orders including taking his medication.

The case was adjourned for mention in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 20.

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