ROBERT Bugg, who is on unemployment benefits from Centrelink, was told by Magistrate Terry Lucas if he has enough money to go out and get drunk, he has enough money to pay a $2,200 fine for malicious damage.
Bugg was convicted in Orange Local Court of malicious damage after he lost his temper having been asked to leave the Royal Hotel on August 9.
He lashed out at a car parked outside the hotel, kicking in the rear passenger-side door of the vehicle.
Police said Bugg had been asked to leave the hotel by security guards, who believed he was intoxicated.
But Bugg retaliated as the guards escorted him from the premises and police, who were nearby, witnessed the incident.
Bugg then yelled obscenities at police before telling them “come and get me” as he ran across Robertson Park.
Police gave chase, catching up with him in Byng Street and placing him under arrest.
Contributing to police evidence, a number of members of the public were in earshot as Bugg yelled the obscenities at police.
In defence of his client solicitor Bob Lulham said the amount of alcohol consumed by Bugg had impacted on the events that followed him being asked to leave the hotel.
“He lost all sense of reason and common sense,” said Mr Lulham.
Bugg was given 28 days by Magistrate Terry Lucas to pay his fine.
He was also ordered to pay $800 compensation the owner of the damaged vehicle.
The incident was captured on CCTV.