Violent man tied down in hospital by Albury police

DANIEL Truhlar was irrational, angry and offensive which led to a series of confrontations in October, Albury Local Court has heard.

He refused to pay for petrol at an Albury service station, threw keys at an attendant and later battled with police.

On the way to hospital for a mental health assessment, he repeatedly kicked the caged police truck.

He was handcuffed and shackled to a hospital bed, but when released battled with four police after spitting on one of them.

Truhlar, 41, of Kestrel Street, has pleaded guilty dishonestly obtaining an advantage by deception, malicious damage, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

Magistrate Tony Murray yesterday adjourned sentencing to February 11 for a pre-sentence report.

He was told Truhlar went to the Albury hospital about 1.10am for an undisclosed condition.

He was given valium before driving to a service station in Wodonga Place and taking $30 of petrol, telling an attendant he couldn’t pay.

When police arrived, he said: “All my money is at the hospital. Security kicked me out.”

Truhlar was sweating, was unsteady on his feet and extremely irrational.

He asked to be driven to his mother’s home, but on the way began abusing police and started kicking the inside of the caged truck.

Officers took him to hospital, where he had to be handcuffed and shackled to a bed.

Police sought blood and urine samples but were unable to get a urine sample due to his violence, and further charges may be laid depending on the outcome of the blood test.

Police are seeking compensation for the truck damage.

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