Locked door thwarts escape bid

IT was an escape plan doomed to fail when a drunk Thurgoona man tried to bolt from the Albury police station cells on Monday night.

Kristopher Calum Crowther was in the dock inside the charge room about 11.25pm when he asked the custody manager for a cell to sleep.

His request was met favourably, but as he walked near the Corrective Services office, he said to the police officer: “See ya”.

Crowther raced towards a door leading to the court house car park.

After hitting the locked door with some force, Crowther crashed to the floor.

Earlier Crowther had twice entered the cell area and officers had seen him looking towards the exit door so they ensured it was locked.

The abysmal escape attempt was outlined in Albury Local Court yesterday when Crowther, 19, applied for bail on a series of charges, including escaping from police custody.

The apprentice panelbeater also faces charges of destroying property, resisting arrest, intimidating police and offensive behaviour.

Court registrar Wendy Howard asked at the start of proceedings whether Crowther was sufficiently sober to give proper instructions to his solicitor Andrea MacDonald.

When Ms Howard received a positive response, the case proceeded.

The failed escape bid capped off a disastrous night for Crowther, who attracted police attention by sticking up his middle finger at them as they drove past him in Lavington about 8.30pm.

Crowther was screaming and abusive, but told police: “We are just having a good time and going to party”.

He stood 20 centimetres from a police officer, made a threat, was then arrested and put in a caged truck.

Back at the station, Crowther was asked whether he wanted to be interviewed and he declined.

“I don’t remember what I did. I was just being an idiot ’cause I was drinking,” he said.

Ms Howard said Crowther had an extensive history.

“But the charges do not warrant locking you up at the moment,” she said.

Crowther had his charges adjourned until January 14.

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