An East Corrimal man found guilty of brandished a chainsaw at police after they stopped his car has failed to have his convictions overturned on appeal.
Jeremiah Anthony Huxtable was charged with hindering and assaulting police as a result of the September 2012 incident, in which a fearful officer was forced to draw his gun in an attempt to get Huxtable to put the chainsaw down.
Huxtable denied the allegations against him and pleaded not guilty to both offences.
The matter was heard in Wollongong Local Court in April, where Huxtable was ultimately convicted on both charges and fined a total of $2000.
The 23-year-old, maintaining his innocence, lodged an appeal in the District Court.
However presiding judge Paul Conlon on Friday said he was satisfied the local court magistrate had made the right decision in convicting Huxtable on both counts.
The court heard police were patrolling Kembla Street in Wollongong when they noticed Huxtable towing a trailer that had no lights.
While following him, they saw his vehicle fail to fully stop at a designated stop sign and pulled him over.
While speaking with police Huxtable became anxious and agitated and began to abuse officers, claiming he never went through the stop sign and had done nothing wrong.
He then got out of his vehicle and pushed an officer in the chest while making threats.
Huxtable then reached into the rear tray of his ute, pulling out a chainsaw that he aimed at officers.
They told him to put it down, however he ignored them and began walking towards the police car, prompting one officer to draw his gun from its holster.
After a short stand-off with police, during which time other officers arrived on the scene, Huxtable put the chainsaw on the ground.
He was subsequently arrested.
Facing court on Friday, Huxtable tried to convince Judge Conlon that he had been nothing but polite to the police during the incident and had never picked up the chainsaw.
However Judge Conlon said he was satisfied Huxtable had been aggressive towards police, refused to comply with their orders and ended up picking up the chainsaw.
‘‘I’m satisfied what the police did was most reasonable in the circumstances,’’ he said.
Judge Conlon dismissed Huxtable’s appeal, confirming the local court convictions, however agreed to drop one of the fines from $1500 to $800 due to Huxtable’s limited financial means.